Smoke Reported at Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, Jan 4, 2014  |  Updated 11:11 AM EDT
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Smoke Reported at Radio City Music Hall

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Fire crews were sent to Radio City Music Hall Friday after receiving reports of smoke in the iconic New York City venue's basement, the FDNY says.

Crews got a call about smoke about 8:30 p.m., the fire department says. The exact cause of the smoke is unknown, but crews think a transformer that caught fire underground nearby might be to blame. Heavy smoke could be seen pouring through a sidewalk grate from the street. 

The smoke was brought under control about 10:45 p.m., firefighters say. The building was evacuated, but no shows were scheduled at the venue Friday.

A representative for Con Ed said there was a manhole fire at 51st Street and Sixth Avenue and smoke from a nearby transformer vault. That fire is thought to have been caused by the combination of melting ice and salt. 

The FDNY and Con Ed will be investigating the incident together.

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