Update: Authorities have closed traffic off around the few blocks surrounding the burning building.
Update: The source of fire is till unclear, but due to speedy wind the fire moving fast.
Update: During rescue operation two firefighters have suffered non-fatal injuries.
Update: As of 5pm (ET), fire was not under control till now more than 200 firefighters at the spot.
New York: Firefighters are battling a large fire on the top floors of a six-story New York City apartment building, sending large plumes of smoke into the sky.
The blaze began on Friday 3pm inside the building located at 565 W. 144th Street and Broadway. The fire quickly spread to the top floor of the Harlem building.
The Fire Department of New York says 170 firefighters are at the scene. There are no reports of injuries. The building’s top floor was engulfed in flames, and thick smoke billowed from the building.
No injuries have been reported as of 4pm. It’s unclear how many people were inside the building when the blaze started. An estimated 40 families live in the building on floors two through six. Smoke has been spotted as far away as 80 blocks away in Central Park.