It’s not yet clear what caused the fire that started inside the restaurant at 24 Murray St., near Church Street, at around 6:30 p.m. The fire rose to the top of the building, and flames could be seen shooting out the roof and windows.Huge plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky, and the acrid smell of smoke carried as far as Brooklyn.
Firefighters battled the five-alarm fire for four hours before it was finally knocked out. Eleven suffered minor injuries, mostly from fatigue and exhaustion, officials said. Some were seen being taken away on stretchers.