NBC New York

Wale Aliyu September 1 2017

A large fire broke out in a restaurant on the ground floor of a five story building at Murray and Church Streets in Tribeca on Friday evening

Around 200 firefighters battled a stubborn fire that started inside a restaurant on the ground floor of a Tribeca building, then quickly shot up through the roof, leaving 11 firefighters injured in hours long fire fight, officials say.

Its not clear what caused the fire that started inside the restaurant around 6:30pm however the fire rose to the top of the building and flames could be seen shooting out of the roof and windows which would indicate it could have been roaring up through the ducts and could have started in the kitchens hood/ canopy.

Fire fighters battled the five alarm blaze for four hours before it was finally knocked out. Eleven suffered minor injuries, mostly from fatigue and exhaustion officials said. Some were seen being taken away on stretchers.

Luckily people in the building were able to get out quickly.

Fire officials said if they hadn’t arrived in time the fire could have been devastating because they believe there is ammunition in the basement, possibly from a target range.

The building has retail space on the first floor and apartments above. Its just a block away from City Hall and a few blocks from the World Trade Centre.