NEW YORK — More than 50 people were hurt, dozens with life-threatening injuries, in a massive fire that broke out at a high-rise apartment building in New York City Sunday, officials said.

About 200 firefighters were battling the five-alarm blaze at the 19-story high-rise in the Bronx borough’s Tremont neighborhood.

At least 32 residents are seriously injured, according to the New York City Fire Department. The FDNY reported an additional 23 injuries. with 54 total.

“We expect numerous fatalities,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said during a press conference.

Videos posted to social media show flames gushing out of multiple windows in the building.

Officials said the fire appears to have originated in a duplex apartment on the building’s third floor. Many of the injuries were found on the upper floors, and officials believe smoke inhalation may be to blame.

The fire engulfed two floors of the building but smoke trailed through all 19 floors, Nigro said.

“The smoke conditions in this building are unprecedented,” he said.

An investigation is underway. Nigro said the fire is “not suspicious.”

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