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Three-Alarm Fire Rips Through Hell’s Kitchen Building, Injures 11

New Photos of the fire:

Three-Alarm Fire Rips Through Hell’s Kitchen Building, Injures 11
August 12, 2010
By Nicole Bode

photo: dnainfo.com

Eleven people, including five firefighters, were hurt when a three-alarm fire ripped through a Hells Kitchen apartment building Wednesday night, the FDNY said.

The fire broke out on the top floor at 359 W. 45th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues shortly after 10 p.m., a spokesman for the fire department said. A cell tower on the roof hampered firefighting efforts, and crews brought the blaze under under control before midnight, the FDNY said.

The five-story building had to be evacuated and four people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The rest of those injured were treated at the scene, an FDNY spokesman said.

It was not immediately apparent what started the blaze. The building was declared structurally unstable as a result of the fire and tenants were forced to vacate the apartment, FDNY press said.

NYPD seeks information on 45th Street Hate Crime


On Sunday, April 26, 2010, between the hours of 4:00 – 5:00 AM, a male victim in his middle forties was assaulted on Eighth Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets, sustaining injury to his face while the perpetrator made derogatory statements in regards to the victim’s religion.

The perpetrator was described as male white, 6′ 2″, 220 lbs., exited the vehicle photographed, a light grey or silver Lexus, partial plate number 4187 or 4987, that continued from Eighth Avenue on 45th Street towards 9th Avenue after the assault. Anyone with information regarding this crime can contact:

Detective Carter
Case #138
Hate Crime Task Force
646-610-5267

Stabbing on the block, but where?

The only thing we know for certain is that someone was stabbed. WABC reported that a stabbing, outside some unspecified restaurant, happened in front of 350 West 45th St. But that would be the mid-block parking lot. They also said the fight spilled out onto Ninth Avenue. Another report, from dnainfo.com, claimed the incident was at Eighth Avenue and that five suspects were arrested. Dnainfo.com displayed a photo that clearly was not of West 45th St. WABC reported only had three suspects, but then said four were arrested in the next paragraph.

From WABC:

A wild fight outside a Manhattan restaurant ended with three people stabbed and three people in custody. The victims were attacked outside 350 West 45th Street around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Police say a 19-year-old woman was slashed on left forearm, a 20-year-old man was stabbed in the lower back and a 20-year-old man was slashed on the left shoulder. The injured people were taken to Bellevue Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Four men — two 19-year-olds, an 18-year-old and a 26-year-old — were taken into custody at the scene. Charges against them are pending. They were all identified as Manhattan residents. A box cutter, believed to be one of the weapons used, was recovered at the scene. It appears the victims and suspects got into a dispute in front of a restaurant and then spilled onto Ninth Avenue. Police closed West 45th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues for hours as they investigated.

From DNAinfo:

Police have arrested five suspects in a triple stabbing near Times Square early Thursday morning. Police said the suspects, a group of men between the ages of 18 and 20 years old, stabbed a group of victims during a dispute at Eighth Avenue and 45th Street around 1:30 a.m Thursday. The three victims ­ a 19-year-old woman and two 20-year-old men ­ were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, police said. Charges are pending against the suspects, who are being questioned at the Midtown North precinct, police said. Police recovered the knife used in the attack, they said.