Arson Fire Sends 4 FDNY Firefighters to Hospital

NEW YORK -- A woman was taken into custody after allegedly setting an Upper West Side apartment on fire during a dispute.

The fire reportedly broke out inside Apt. 5S of 154 Columbus Avenue just after 3:15 a.m. this morning.

The woman, who police described as "emotionally disturbed," was seen throwing clothing and other belongings out the window before the flames erupted.

Eyewitness News camera witnessed as police pulled the woman out of the apartment and took her to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.

Authorities believe she set the apartment on fire, the culmination of an ongoing dispute.

Officials say the fire spread to the neighboring building but was quickly extinguished. Residents of the fire building were temporarily evacuated as firefighters battled the blaze.

Four police officers were treated for smoke inhalation at Roosevelt Hospital. While, four firefighters were taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.

Fire marshals are investigating.

Republished with permission of WABC-TV.