New York apartment fire: 14 police officers hurt in Bronx blaze, officials say

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Credit: Igor Vershinsky / iStock / Getty Images

More than a dozen New York police officers were hurt in an overnight blaze in the city's Bronx borough, authorities said early Wednesday.

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."

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

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