A two-alarm fire shrouded the surrounding Downtown Manhattan area in thick black smoke on Saturday afternoon, fire officials said.
The FDNY received a call about a two-alarm fire near John and Gold Streets in the Financial District at around 2:45 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire.
Tenants in the building were spotted looking at the blaze from the streets and the roof of the high rise building as clouds of smoke billowed into the sky.
FDNY officials advised New Yorkers to expect traffic delays and a heavy presence of emergency personnel and vehicles in the area as a result of the smoke and fire.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene advised avoiding smoke exposure by closing windows and remaining indoors, particularly those who have breathing problems or suffer from asthma.