Four-alarm fire in East Harlem sends 8 to hospitals with minor injuries

A four-alarm fire that broke out in a four-story East Harlem building early Saturday morning sent eight people to hospitals with minor injuries, according to the FDNY.

More than 168 firefighters and 36 units reported to the scene at 2000 Second Ave. after the fire was reported shortly after midnight, an FDNY spokesman said. The flames spread throughout the mixed-use building near the intersection of Second Avenue and 103rd Street, which hosts a deli on the ground floor, before firefighters brought them under control by 4:43 a.m.

Paramedics transported four civilians with minor injuries to Metropolitan Hospital, the spokesman said. Two firefighters with minor injuries were taken to Weill Cornell and two to Mount Sinai, he added.

The early-morning fire displaced four families from their homes, according to the Red Cross.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, the FDNY said Saturday morning.

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