Rooftop Fire in Manhattan Causes Brief Scare

A possible transformer fire on the roof of a Manhattan high-rise caused a brief scare in a city already unnerved by an unconfirmed terror threat.

Saturday, Sep 10, 2011  |  Updated 7:15 PM EDT
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Rooftop Fire Causes Brief Scare in Manhattan

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A possible transformer fire on the roof of a Manhattan high-rise caused a brief scare in a city already unnerved by an unconfirmed terror threat.

Fire officials say the blaze at 11 Madison Ave., near Madison Avenue Park Saturday afternoon caused heavy smoke, but was quickly doused. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
 
A 23-year-old teacher who was in the park waiting in line with friends at Shake Shack said people at first started getting nervous but then everyone quickly calmed down once they realized there was no reason to panic.
 
Since late Wednesday, counterterrorism officials have been chasing a tip of a plot possibly timed to 9/11  in New York and Washington.
 
 

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