Inferno engulfs rows of stores, sends plumes of smoke over NYC

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NEW YORK (NBC) — A raging inferno engulfed several businesses in the Bronx early Tuesday, sending a black plume of smoke into the air as ferocious flames licked the gear of firefighters working to put them out.

The FDNY says the four-alarm fire broke out around 5:30 a.m. at 316 E. 194th Street, near Marion Avenue, in Fordham. 

By around 7 a.m., firefighters appeared to have the upper hand on the flames, but the fire was still smoking. No injuries have been reported. The FDNY told News 4 at the scene that nobody was inside any of the burning stores. 

Chopper 4 over the scene and showed the inferno chewing through a row of business. The thick smoke and blinding flames were so large it appeared to be taking over half a block. A laundromat, a pharmacy, at least one restaurant and several other businesses were up in flames, Chopper 4 showed. 

The cause of the blaze wasn’t immediately clear. 

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