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Fire rips through Johnson City apartment

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Fire rips through Johnson City apartment
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JOHNSON, CITY, N.Y. -- Two people are in the hospital following a fire in Johnson City.

Firefighters found flames coming out of the roof of a three floor home on Baker Street in Johnson City around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

The top floor of the building was heavily damaged. At least two people were taken from the burning home, a man and a woman, both appear to be in their 30's.

They were taken to Wilson Hospital with unknown injuries.

Officials said the man was then transported to a Syracuse hospital.

Hours later, fire and law enforcement officials were still on the scene trying to piece together what happened.

Water used to put out the fire was already frozen over. Officials said the extreme cold made putting out the fire a challenge.

"The weather hampered us a little bit, but we arrived on the scene in a short time and did our initial search and rescue the best we could," said Paul Helbica, the Johnson City Fire Marshall.

Officials believe the fire may have started in the kitchen. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP