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Fire imperils downtown NYC skyscraper

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Associated Press - August 18, 2007 8:43 PM ET

NEW YORK (AP) - The former Deutsche Bank skyscraper in lower Manhattan is said to be in danger of collapsing.

A seven-alarm fire is ripping through the vacant structure near ground zero. At least two firefighters have been critically injured.

Officers at the scene are preventing nearby residents from returning to their homes even to rescue pets, telling them authorities are concerned the building could fall.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. Smoke pouring from the burning building was visible from midtown Manhattan and the New Jersey side of the Hudson River.

The building has become a constant headache for redevelopers in the nearly six years since 9/11. The office tower stands as a downtown Manhattan eyesore, contaminated with toxic dust and debris after the World Trade Center's south tower collapsed into it.

Efforts to dismantle the skyscraper were halted by a labor dispute last year.

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