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Fire erupts at hotel near Times Square, injuring seven people – Metro

Seven people were injured after a fire broke out inside a high-rise hotel being built steps away from Times Square in Midtown Manhattan on Monday.
The fire was reported just after 10.20am local time on the 10th floor of the 49-story tower at 145 West 47th Street, around the corner from the News Corp headquarters and a few blocks away from Rockefeller Center.
The under-construction building is the site of the new luxurious Hotel Riu Manhattan Plaza Times Square, set to open by the end of the year, according to the hotel’s website. The hotel has not released any statements following the fire.
A spokesperson for the Fire Department of New York said that 20 units and 78 firefighters responded to the scene and spent nearly an hour battling the flames before getting the blaze under control.
No one was present in the building when the fire started, the FDNY said.
Five of the seven who were injured required hospitalization, while the other two were treated at the scene by paramedics, according to the FDNY.
No firefighters were injured while working to save the seven civilians.
Photos and video from the scene showed thick black smoke rising from the building into a grey Manhattan skyline. Firetrucks were also shown blocking much of Sixth Avenue.
Traffic reporter Jim Feldman, who works with WCBS880 took to Twitter to share some updates on the smoky situation, reporting that several lanes had been blocked in the aftermath of the incident.
‘Lots of #FDNY activity in #Manhattan on 6th Avenue at 47th Street. Up to two lanes are blocked. @wcbs880traffic@wcbs880’ he wrote.
Video from the scene also showed the fire pouring of the hotel’s windows, and smoke filling up the air.
The conditions of those injured are unknown at this time.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  
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