Fire Breaks Out in Basement of Waldorf-Astoria

Thursday, Aug 4, 2011  |  Updated 5:32 PM EDT
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Fire Breaks Out in Basement of Waldorf-Astoria

Firefighters were called to the famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel when a fire broke out in the basement of the hotel Thursday afternoon.

About 20 FDNY units and 78 fire personnel responded to the fire, believed to be related to a transformer problem.

The fire department did not evacuate the hotel at 301 Park Ave., but some guests chose to exit the building on their own, officials said.

A few people were being treated for minor injuries -- likely smoke inhalation, said officials.

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