Fire in a Harlem building leaves at least one dead and 17 injured

The New York Fire Department quickly responded to the scene to rescue the people inside.

A fire in a six-story building located in the Harlem neighborhood in New York City left at least one dead and 17 injured. The fire originated in one of the apartments of the property, located on 149th Street and St. Nicholas Place.

The flames started around 2:15 p.m. Friday on the third floor of the property. The New York Fire Department (FDNY) received the notice and several trucks quickly went to the building to begin rescue efforts. Many of the neighbors took to the fire escapes to get out and aid the firefighters.

Several of the injured had to be immediately taken to the hospital to be treated for burns and smoke poisoning. Emergency services could do nothing to save the one victim's life.

Authorities are carrying out an investigation to clarify the origin of the fire.