Two people suffered serious injuries Saturday in a fire that also damaged Angelo’s, one of Little Italy’s oldest restaurants.
More than 100 firefighters were called to 146 Mulberry St. after the tenement became engulfed in flames at around 7:30 a.m. Investigators later determined that the blaze was caused by someone who discarded “smoking materials.”
Although 12 people suffered injuries in the fire, two were hospitalized. None of the injuries was life threatening. Residents fled down the fire escape to safety on Saturday.
Apartments on the second and third floors were destroyed. While the residents of three apartments were offered temporary assistance from the Red Cross, the New York Times reported that they made other arrangements.
Angelo’s of Mulberry Street has been in business since 1902, according to its website.