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Massive Fire Rips Throught NYC's Chinatown, Hundreds Left Homeless

Last night a 7-alarm fire destroyed several buildings in NYC's Chinatown, leaving hundreds of residents homeless.
At least 14 people were injured in a blaze in Chinatown that reached seven-alarm status shortly after midnight Monday morning. More than 250 firefighters responded to the fire at 285 Grand Street. The fire broke out at a six-story building in Chinatown. More than 250 firefighters and more than 60 Fire Department vehicles responded to the borough-wide call, descending on the six-story building at 285 Grand Street, a residential building anchored by a storefront. Flames burst 20 to 30 feet from the roof. Three ladders had been put up against the building, and a few dozen firefighters waited to be sent in, five at a time. Hundreds of people stopped to watch the blaze on the cool spring night.
Gothamist reports this morning that the number of injured has risen to 32. At least 200 people have lost their apartments.

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