The fire was reported at around 8:45 p.m. (0045 GMT), said
New York Fire Department spokesman Danny Glover, who added that
no injuries had been reported. Within an hour, the blaze was
upgraded to a three-alarm fire, according to the Fire
Department's Twitter account.
People appeared to have been evacuated out of the building,
Glover said. The structure, which houses a TGI Friday's
restaurant on the first floor, stands six stories tall.
Pictures of the blaze posted to social media show flames
shooting out from the roof of the building with onlookers below
capturing the scene on their cell phones.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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