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Last night around 10:30 PM a fire broke out on the top floor of a six-story apartment building on the corner of W. 4th Street and Bank Street in New York's West Village neighborhood. Witnesses reported seeing flames shooting from the windows and reaching thirty feet in the air. Said one woman at the scene, "I think there was an explosion." Many many fire trucks arrived (causing lots of crazy dog barking and one orange cat "freak-out") and extinguished the blaze rapidly. Smoke was seen rising from the top floor on the eastern side of the building for nearly an hour. No injuries were reported, though the awning of (the very tasty and reasonably-priced) La Focaccia was damaged by falling debris, including an air conditioner that smashed spectacularly onto the street below.