Chelsea Fire Displaces Dozens


WE ARE LIVE IN EAST NEW YORK, BROOKLYN, MEG BAKER, CBS 2 NEWS. DOZENS ARE OUT OF THEIR HOMES HAD AFTERNOON AS FIRE OFFICIALS TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED. OVERNIGHT A RAGING FIRE RIPPED THROUGH A BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN CHELSEA. ILANA GOLD IS LIVE AT WEST 17th STREET WITH THE LATEST. Reporter: CHRIS, FIREFIGHTERS ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THIS BUILDING. THEY HAVE THIS ENTIRE AREA BLOCKED OFF BECAUSE THEY QUESTION IF IT’S GOING TO COLLAPSE. TAKE A LOOK AT THE SCENE. YOU CAN SEE RIGHT NOW, CREWS ARE DOUSING IT WITH WATER AND YOU CAN SEE HOW CHARRED THIS BUILDING IS ON THE TOP LEVELS. RIGHT NOW, THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS IS ALSO OUT HERE LOOKING AT THE STRUCTURE TO SEE IF IT’S A DANGER TO THE PUBLIC. WITNESSES IN CHELSEA RECORDED THE FIRE ON WEST 17th STREET BETWEEN 7th AND 8th AVENUES AT 3:00 THIS MORNING. THE FLAMES SPREAD FAST AS THEY SHOT UP 0 FEET FROM — SHOT UP 20 FEET FROM THE BUILDING. THE FLAMES KICKED UP INTO HIGH GEAR. Reporter: CHOPPER 2 FLEW OVER THE SCENE WHERE CREWS BATTLED THE FLAMES FOR FOUR HOURS. THE THICK SMOTHERING SMOKE POURED FROM THE BUILDING ALL MORNING AND FILLED THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. DESCRIBE WHAT YOU WOKE UP TO. IT WAS ENOUGH SMOKE TO MAKE YOUR EYES HURT. AND THAT WAS JUST INSIDE. Reporter: THE FIRE DIDN’T CAUSE ANY INJURY, ONLY A WATCHMAN WAS AT THIS EMPTY BUILDING WHEN IT STARTED. IT’S BEING RENOVATED FOR A LUXURY CONDO PROJECT. THE FIRE CHIEF SAYS THE WATER USED TO FIGHT THE FIRE MADE THE STRUCTURE UNSTABLE AND A RISK TO THE PUBLIC. AT THIS TIME, THE BUILDING IS IN MAJOR DANGER OF COLLAPSE. Reporter: SO RESIDENTS FROM FOUR BUILDINGS AI DON’T THE STREET WERE FORCED TO EVACUATE. — BUILDINGS ACROSS THE STREET WERE FORCED TO EVACUATE. FAMILIES GRABBED THE ESSENTIALS AND THEN RAN OUT AND STOOD IN THE COLD AND WATCHED THE SCENE. YOU SEE FLAMES COMING OUT OF THE WINDOW — COMING OUT OF THE WINDOW ES AND CRACKING AND FALLING — WINDOWS AND CRACKING AND FALLING OUT. IT’S INCREDIBLY SCARY. YOU DON’T WANT KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. Reporter: AND BACK OUT HERE LIVE, CREWS ARE STILL PUTTING OUT HOT SPOTS ON WEST 17th STREET AFTER A MASSIVE FIRE THIS MORNING. THE FIRE CHIEF SAYS IT COULD BE DAYS BEFORE THE RESIDENTS ACROSS THE STREET ARE ALLOWED BACK IN THEIR HOMES AND THE

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