Three people were injured when a fire broke out at a building in Times Square, sending heavy smoke into Manhattan on Sunday morning Sept. 22.

Firefighters responded to the blaze that broke out at a restaurant of a 12-story building at 145 West 45th Street near Seventh Avenue just after 7:30 a.m. The fire then spread to a hotel next door, fire officials said.

The FDNY said the fire was deemed under control just before 9 a.m. One person was seriously hurt while two others suffered minor injuries.

Guests at the hotel were forced out of their rooms. “We were on the 38th floor and she said we’ve got to get out of here because she saw a lot of smoke,” said Becky Howell. “So we walked down 38 flights of stairs and it was still going as we were going down.”

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