Six-Alarm Apartment Fire Injures 27 FDNY Firefighters

A six-alarm blaze tore through a Bronx apartment building early Wednesday morning and left more than two dozen FDNY firefighters injured.

The fire broke out on the sixth floor of the building on Walton Avenue two blocks from Yankee Stadium around 12:18 a.m. and quickly spread throughout the upper floors, according to WABC-TV.

The roof collapsed, sending firefighters scrambling to safety as heavy flames shot from the structure.

The flames were brought under control by around 4:30 a.m.

Officials told the news station that 27 firefighters as well as three residents were injured.

A majority of the firefighters sustained strains and minor bumps and bruises. At least 20 of them were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

Fire officials said warm weather was an added challenge for crews.

"The heat is a considerable obstacle for us to overcome. It is a real challenge," Chief of Department Edward Kilduff told reporters. "We probably stretched 200 feet of hoseline. That in itself is an exhausting task."

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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