by: Mark Sundstrom WPIX11
KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS, the Bronx — Three firefighters and five civilians were were hurt when a three-alarm fire that ripped through a Bronx apartment building early Thursday morning, according to the FDNY.
Fire officials said a call came in around 4:12 a.m. for flames on the top floor of a seven-story residential building at 130 Van Cortlandt Ave., near Bailey Avenue, in the Kingsbridge Heights neighborhood.
The blaze first went to a second alarm around 4:20 a.m., but quickly grew to a three-alarm fire around 4:43 a.m., the FDNY said.
Firefighters placed the fire under control at 6:12 a.m., according to fire officials.
Authorities said over 130 firefighters from 33 units responded to fight the fire.
Three firefighters were taken to area hospital with minor injuries, while five civilians were evaluated and treated on the scene for minor injuries, the FDNY said.
Video from the Citizen App showed large flames shooting from the roof of the building, as large, thick clouds of smoke billowed out.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.