Two Dozen Treated for Smoke Inhalation at Manhattan Fire

The fire was reported around 9 a.m. Friday in the basement at 55 Water St.

Friday, Nov 23, 2012  |  Updated 7:09 PM EDT
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More than 2 Dozen Hurt at Manhattan Fire

Jeff Richardson/NBC 4 New York

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Officials say more than two dozen people, including a firefighter, were treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at a storm-damaged office skyscraper in Manhattan's Financial District.

Four people have been taken to a hospital.

The Fire Department says it's not yet clear what caused the blaze Friday, in the basement of 55 Water St. The building's tenants include Standard & Poor's and the city Department of Transportation.

In all, 27 people were injured. The firefighter and most of the others were treated at the scene.

The building's web site says it remains without power after Superstorm Sandy. Utilities have been largely restored electricity citywide, but some buildings' own equipment was so badly damaged they're still without power.

The telephone was busy Friday at the building's management office. The owner, the Retirement Systems of Alabama, was closed Friday.

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