NEW YORK - More than a dozen New York police officers were hurt in an overnight blaze in the city's Bronx borough, authorities said early Wednesday.
UPDATE: 14 police officers were among those injured when a fire broke out at a Bronx apartment, authorities say https://t.co/LIpwRk9E2Q— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) November 20, 2019
According to WPIX and WNBC, the fire began about 11 p.m. Tuesday at a Baychester Avenue apartment building. The 100-plus firefighters who responded had the blaze under control within one hour, officials said.
As flames rose from the building's second and third stories, police officers knocked on residents' doors to make sure everyone had made it out safely, WPIX reported. Fourteen of the officers were hurt and treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said.
WPIX reported that two residents "sustained minor injuries" in the blaze.
In a tweet, police Chief of the Department Terence Monahan praised the officers who rushed into the apartment building.
"Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured," Monahan said. "It's courageous acts like this that earn our officers the name -- NY's Finest."
We’re all proud of the @NYPD47Pct cops who rushed into a #Bronx apartment building that was on fire last night and rescued residents. Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured. It’s courageous acts like this that earn our officers the name — NY’s Finest. pic.twitter.com/0RiyVGfxXa— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) November 20, 2019
Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.