An early morning fire raged through a six-story apartment building at 68 Thompson Street in Soho Friday morning, sending almost 40 apartments full of people out into the street, and injuring 11 people.

Firefighters got the call minutes before 2 a.m. and it quickly spread to a three-alarm blaze.

Deputy Fire Chief Brendan McSweeney says the six-story walk-up is now unliveable. He also said one resident and 10 firefighters were hurt, some with more serious injuries.

McSweeney told PIX 11 News the fire started in the basement and quickly spread to the top floor of the building built in 1901 via an electrical conduit that runs up the side of the building.

The superintendent of the building next door says a cafe that occupied the ground floor has been closed for two months and was undergoing renovations.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.