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Firefighters injured battling Manhattan blaze

In this frame grab taken from WABC television,

In this frame grab taken from WABC television, plumes of smoke billow from the roof of a building in the East Village section of New York, Thursday. (July 8, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Eight firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Fire officials say the four-alarm blaze was reported 5:36 p.m. Thursday on the roof of a five-story building under renovation on Houston Street. Thick plumes of smoke billowed up and were visible from blocks away.

A Fire Department spokesman says the fire was declared under control about two hours later.

The building is believed to be residential with a space for a business at the ground floor. The area was blocked off as about 150 firefighters fought the blaze.

It’s unclear how the fire started.

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