NYC firefighters battle blaze at building in Chinatown


NEW YORK (AP) — New York City firefighters battled a raging blaze that broke out Thursday at a building in Chinatown.

Fire department officials said they were called at about 8:45 p.m. to 70 Mulberry Street for a fire on the fourth and fifth floors of the building.

No injuries were initially reported.

Videos and photos posted to social media show flames bursting out of windows and flowing heavily from the roof.

The building near Columbus Park was built in 1900, according to property records.

The fire comes ahead of the Lunar New Year, which starts Saturday. A third-floor tenant of the building, the nonprofit community organization CMP, closed early Thursday for the holiday. The Chen Dance Center is also a tenant of the building.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted that the building is home to several nonprofits and a senior center, which is a staple in the community.

“I know the neighborhood is in shock tonight,” he tweeted. ”We’re going to help the community get through this.”

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