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01/05/2014 12:16 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Manhattan High-Rise Fire Has Reportedly Trapped People On Upper Floors (VIDEO)

A three-alarm fire in a Manhattan high-rise building has reportedly trapped some residents on the upper floors.

Over 100 firefighters responded to the blaze at 11 a.m. Sunday at 500 West 43rd Street, where flames can be seen on the 17th or 18th floor, ABC reports. The FDNY tells ABC they are expecting injuries.

Resident Mickey Atwal has been tweeting from an upper floor of the building, where he says he and his family are stuck.

Here's a video from the scene:

UPDATE: Firefighters have reached Mickey Atwal:

UPDATE: Firefighters tell The New York Daily News that two people were critically injured in the fire. They were taken to separate hospitals. Firefighters also say the fire broke out on the 20th floor of the building.

UPDATE: One of the victims has died. From the AP:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities say one person has died and another has been critically injured in a three-alarm high-rise apartment fire in midtown Manhattan.

Firefighter spokesman Danny Glover said the fire reported to authorities shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday was in an apartment on the 20th floor of a building at 43rd Street and 10th Avenue. He says it was under control shortly before 1 p.m. He says smoke spread to several apartments around the affected apartment. Glover says it was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

He says about 40 units responded to the fire.

Two civilians with critical injuries were taken to separate New York hospitals where police say one of the victims later died.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

[VIA Business Insider]

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