Huge fire engulfs New York apartment building in towering inferno

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A huge inferno has engulfed an entire five-storey New York apartment building in a raging fire that threatens nearby residential buildings and a church.

Shocking images show firefighters inside the building tackling the blaze head on as it rips through every floor.

Flames can be seen flickering out of the window with smoke billowing into the New York city sky.

Crowds gathered on the other side of the street and watched on as the New York Fire Department sprayed water on the building.

A Twitter user posted an aerial view of the East Village and sad the air is "filled with smoke and sirens."

The apartment block is understood to have been a vacant building and was undergoing renovations from a previous fire.

FOX News have said no injured civilians have been reported, but the risk to emergency service staff “remains high” due to the scale of the fire.

Flames have spread from the original building at intersection of 7th Street and 2nd Avenue to a second apartment block, and a nearby church.

Firefighters described the fire as heavy and said it is affecting nearby Middle Collegiate Church, adding that the NYFD has placed a cordon around the entire area.

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