Updated with two new videos just below
The New York Daily News reports that one person died on the fire escape and that a man was in custody after trying to keep firefighters from entering the building. They also report of an off-duty firefighter was there to help…from California:
Vincent Gutierrez, a Los Angeles firefighter on vacation with his family, had just left a pizza parlor down the block when he saw two men in heated discussion and a woman on talking on her cell phone.
The 44-year-old smoke eater said he looked up and saw smoke seeping out of a third-floor window. Then he rushed into the building.
I will update as more video ends up on the net. In the video below, hit mute and then check out the guys working the roof about a :45 into it.
5 Alarm fire on Spring Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets in Manhattan. 168 Firefighters on scene of the blaze.
According to reports, one civilian has died and two others were injured.
FDNY officials said 168 firefighters were battling the five-alarm blaze at the five-story walk-up at 41 Spring St., between Mulberry and Mott streets. The fire was reported just after 6:30 p.m.