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FDNY battles an apartment fire in Harlem

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After cutting a ventilation hole, a firefighter peers over the edge of the roof as crews work to extinguish an apartment fire on the top floor of 411 W. 128th St. in the Harlem neighborhood of New York on Thursday, Dec. 09.

Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com

Firefighters ventillate the roof abaove an apartment that caught fire as neighbors watch from adjacent rooftops at 411 W. 128th St. in the Harlem neighborhood of New York on Thursday.

Jonathan D. Woods / msnbc.com

Firefighters brace as they work to cut another ventilation hole in the roof of 411 W. 128th St. in the Harlem neighborhood of New York on Thursday.