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26 INJURED IN BRONX HIGH-RISE FIRE

A three-alarm fire tore through a Bronx high-rise, injuring 26 residents who suffered smoke inhalation.

The fire at Richman Plaza in the borough's Morris Heights section was extinguished just before midnight Friday, said Frank Zitaglio, a Fire Department spokesman.

Twelve residents were taken to area hospitals, while the remainder refused medical treatment, he said.

The fire started in a trash compactor on the 23rd floor of the 43-story building, Zitaglio said. It had not spread to any apartments.

The cause was under investigation.

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