Firefighter, Several Residents Injured In Bronx Apartment Fire

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A firefighter and several others are injured after an intense apartment fire caused a stairway to collapse in the Bronx early Thursday.

Firefighters arrived to a five-story apartment building located at 1793 Sedgwick Avenue just before 4 a.m.

A staircase leading up from the second to third floors collapsed as a firefighter was climbing up to rescue trapped residents.

The collapse left several people trapped on the upper floors, where reports say the fire spread to the top floor. But rescuers were able to still make several trips to assist residents down the building's fire escape.

The blaze was brought under control at 4:43 a.m.

The 40-year-old firefighter who fell through the stairs was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

A male resident suffered burns to his hands and face and smoke inhalation, but is expected to survive his injuries. Several other residents were treated at the scene.

Reports say the residents will not be able to return to their homes because of the destroyed stairwell.

Officials say the fire began on the third floor. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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