As of this morning, the FDNY was still working to put out a six-alarm fire that broke out before 2 a.m. on the first floor of a five-story apartment building on First Avenue between 11th and 12th streets — a property that houses sushi restaurant Uogashi.
While the fire is still under investigation, a fire official on the scene noted that they’re “pretty sure” it started inside the restaurant, which is located on the ground floor of the building, according to a briefing from FDNY. Three civilians received non-life-threatening injuries in the fire, along with 11 firefighters, according to the FDNY.
An official cause of the fire remains unclear, according to a spokesperson for the department. Photos of the scene show the restaurant and rest of the building — which contains apartments — engulfed in smoke. There was enough smoke to close down East Side Community High School and P.S. 19 Asher Levy.
The incident is still ongoing, so stay tuned for updates.