Manhattan Blaze in 7-Story Building Displaces 270 People

five-alarm fire engulfed a seven-story apartment building in Harlem early today, displacing about 270 people, including a 105-year-old woman and 67 children, fire and police officials said.

The blaze broke out at 1:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of 92 Morningside Avenue, between 122nd and 123rd Streets, and spread next door to units on the seventh floor of No. 98.

Three residents from No. 92, including the 105-year-old woman, were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, a department spokesman, Firefighter Anthony Liscio, said. About 15 firefighters suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fire had been confirmed as "careless smoking" by someone in bed, the spokesman said.

Some residents of No. 98 were allowed back into the building briefly to take out medication, papers and ID's, Cecilia Vega of The New York Times reported.

This afternoon residents of the approximately 200 affected apartments were at a Red Cross center set up in Columbia University, waiting to learn where they would spend the night and, where necessary, get prescriptions filled.

Two hours after the fire started, some 200 firefighters from 44 companies