While firefighters were hard at work extinguishing the seven-alarm fire that engulfed and destroyed three buildings in the East Village, five firefighters suffered injuries uptown while struggling to get a blaze at an apartment building under control.

The three-alarm fire broke out at around 1:18 a.m. this morning at a six-story building at 343 East 66th Street at First Avenue. Injuries were minor and the fire was brought under control after a few hours, but 28 apartments were affected by the flames.

City Councilmember Ben Kallos heralded the FDNY in a statement today. "Early this morning, FDNY battled a three-alarm fire at 66th and 1st. Yesterday, at a seven-alarm East Village Fire, the FDNY worked hard to put out a massive blaze," he said. "In both instances, they showed that they are truly New York's bravest, and their hard work and courage saved lives. We owe them an incredible debt of gratitude." He urged anyone who was displaced by this morning's inferno to contact his office.