Dozens of firefighters battled a fire on Monday night near the top of a high-rise luxury condominium building under construction across the Hudson River from New York City.

There were no reports of injuries, but authorities had to evacuate some nearby residents as a precaution.

The blaze at the 18-story building began in an elevator well between the 17th and 18th floors. Flames could be seen in Manhattan, and it was not clear how long it would be until the fire could be contained.

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Firefighters were having trouble reaching the fire, partly because the building's standpipe, or source of water, reportedly was activated only up to the 15th floor.

Falling debris also made it dangerous for firefighters to be inside the structure.

Firefighters arrived shortly after 9 p.m. at the 77 Hudson Street construction site. The building is being built by K. Hovnanian homes.