Small Fire Erupts in Basement of Empire State Building | NBC New York

Small Fire Erupts in Basement of Empire State Building

Witnesses said the building was evacuated; at least one tweeted about smelling smoke

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    Raw footage posted to Instagram showed a heavy emergency response, with at least a half-dozen emergency vehicles at the scene.

    (Published Friday, March 17, 2017)

    The Empire State Building's owner says it's all-clear at the famous skyscraper after a small electrical fire on a below-ground floor.

    No injuries were reported in Friday's fire. Other floors and the tourist-attracting Observatory remained open.

    Firetrucks lined streets around the tower after the Fire Department of New York was summoned around 2:30 p.m., while the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade was underway nearby.

    Allan Drury, a spokesman for utility Con Edison, says there was a problem with an electrical service line to the building. Firefighters say the situation was under control within about two hours.

    The building's owner, the Empire State Realty Trust, says the fire was in a contained area on the underground Concourse level. It includes the management office and a fitness center.

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