NYC homeless encampment burns down, leaving one injured

Fire burned down a homeless encampment in Chelsea, leaving one person hurt and neighbors with many questions.

It’s unclear what caused the blaze, which broke out before 7 a.m. on the side of 120 West 30th Street, where a custodian on his way to work in the building saw a man leap out of the flaming encampment.

Ronnie, who works at Satellite Academy, said he saw the flames from a block away.

“I saw it get higher and higher. I ran into my building to get the extinguisher. I started spraying the extinguisher to try to put it out, then I heard somebody saying ‘Help me,’ ‘Help me.’ I didn’t know what to do,” Ronnie told The Post.

“Then a guy jumped out. He fell on the floor. I said, ‘Look what you did, you started a fire,’ and he said, ‘No, I was sleeping, someone threw a cigarette.’”

Cops and firefighters later told Ronnie the homeless victim was burned on his arms and legs. One person was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the FDNY said.

The custodian fumed that while he was trying to help the homeless person, another man across the street recorded the fire drama.


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