The FDNY battled a four alarm fire in an apartment building in Upper Manhattan as well as temperatures in the low teens on January 23rd. At about 8:15 PM, companies were dispatched for a kitchen fire at 2440 Amsterdam Ave. at 181st Street, just a couple of doors away from the quarters of Engine 93 and Ladder 45. A 10-75 (all hands) was transmitted for a working fire in a 100 X 200 five story brick OMD. A second alarm was transmitted as heavy fire on the first and second floor on the B/C section of the building.
Flames continued up to the third, fourth, and fifth floors prompting a third alarm at 20:46 and a fourth alarm at 21:23. Firefighters were able to stop the progress of the fire before it took hold of the cockloft. With wind chills below zero, several minor injuries to firefighters and civilians due to the icy conditions occurred, but no serious injuries were reported. Units began to go back in service about 22:30.
Written and photos by Bill Tompkins
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