A massive inferno has engulfed an entire five-story New York apartment complex in a raging fire that threatens nearby residential buildings and a church.
Shocking footage shows firefighters inside the building tackling the fire with their heads as it rips through each floor.
Flames can be seen flickering from the window with smoke blowing into the air in New York City.
Crowds gathered on the other side of the street and watched the New York Fire Department spray water on the building.
A Twitter user posted an aerial photo of the East Village and unfortunately the sky is “filled with smoke and sirens”.
The apartment building is said to have been a vacant building and underwent renovation works after a previous fire.
FOX News has said no injured civilians have been reported, but the risk to emergency services “remains high” due to the magnitude of the fire.
The flames have spread from the original building at the intersection of 7th Street and 2nd Avenue to a second apartment building and a nearby church.
Firefighters described the blaze as severe, saying it affected nearby Middle Collegiate Church, adding that the NYFD has placed a cordon around the entire area.
The fire brigade has classified the inferno as a level 4 fire, in a tweet they said: “MAN 4-ALARM 47 E 7TH ST, MULTIPLE HOUSING”
NBC New York journalist Myles Miller tweeted, “4-alarm fire in 2nd Ave and 7 Street #EastVillage in a vacant building spreading to St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.
“FD reports no injuries and no operations are underway.”