Masaryk fire hits 3 apartments | East Villager & Lower East Sider

Masaryk fire hits 3 apartments

A fire that broke out in a 16th-floor apartment in a Masaryk Towers building at 89 Columbia St. on Wednesday morning March 28 spread to the 17th and 18th floors of the 21-story building. Four firefighters and two residents were taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries, a Fire Department spokesperson said. The first alarm came in at 11:18 a.m., and by 11:30 a third alarm brought a total 33 units and 138 firefighters to the scene. The fire’s cause was still under investigation by press time on Wednesday. In controlling the blaze, firefighters threw smoldering items out of one of the apartments’ windows, as seen in the photo at left. Photographer Clayton Patterson said he witnessed a headboard and mattress, as well as a chest with drawers thrown out a window.

Photos by Clayton Patterson, left, and Tequila Minsky