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At least 15 seriously injured in New York City blaze

NEW YORK (Reuters) – At least 15 civilians were seriously injured and an unknown number of people were killed on Thursday in a four-alarm apartment fire in the Bronx borough of New York City, city fire and police officials said.

Few official details were immediately available, but WABC-TV, the New York affiliate of the ABC television network, said the fire erupted shortly before 7 p.m. on the third floor of the five-story building.

The fire department said on its Twitter account that 15 serious injuries to civilians were reported in the blaze, and that more than 160 firefighters were on the scene.

City police officer Tiffany Phillips added by telephone that there were an unknown number of fatalities. She said the blaze erupted in a “multiple-dwelling building.”

Reporting by Diane Craft in New York; Additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler

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