Image: Firefighters respond to a fire in Chinatown
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Firefighters battle a huge blaze at 285 Grand Street in New York's Lower East Side neighborhood on Monday.
updated 4/12/2010 2:36:54 PM ET 2010-04-12T18:36:54

Authorities say a fire that ripped through an apartment building in New York's Chinatown injured three civilians and about 30 firefighters.

Two elderly residents are in critical condition with smoke inhalation. Fire Department spokesman James Long says three buildings are "gone."

The cause has not been determined. The fire broke out around 10:15 p.m. Sunday on the first floor of the residential and commercial building.

It spread through a shaft to the roof before affecting three other buildings. It burned for more than four hours before it was declared under control at 2:20 a.m. Monday.

The street remained blocked off at midmorning.

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