'It Just Blew Up': Fire Breaks Out at Carmine's in Times Square - NBC New York

'It Just Blew Up': Fire Breaks Out at Carmine's in Times Square

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    Transformer Blast Blamed for Carmine’s Fire

    Fire broke out at the iconic Carmine's restaurant in Times Square early Friday, sending smoke billowing out the entrance as firefighters crowded the scene. The restaurant says a transformer sparked the blaze.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 21, 2018)

    What to Know

    • A transformer in the street sparked a fire at Carmine's, the iconic Times Square restaurant, early Friday

    • Smoke was seen pouring out of the entrance as firefighters and emergency crews flooded the scene

    • No one was hurt; the restaurant said it would be closed for lunch but hoped to reopen in time for dinner

    Fire broke out at the iconic Carmine's restaurant in Times Square early Friday, sending smoke billowing out the entrance as firefighters crowded the scene.

    Carmine's said in a statement that a transformer in the street outside the 44th Street eatery sparked the blaze and no one was hurt.

    A worker at the scene tells News 4 he and colleagues were in the basement when one of his co-workers noticed a small fire around 7:30 a.m. He says they were about to call the fire department when suddenly, "it just blew up."

    Smoke Billows From Carmine's in Times SquareSmoke Billows From Carmine's in Times Square

    The restaurant was evacuated. Photos from the scene showed a major emergency response. Witnesses said nearby theaters were shrouded in smoke. 

    The restaurant, favorited by tourists and locals alike, said it would be closed for lunch Friday as a result of the fire. All reservations were being re-routed to its sister restaurant Virgil's. It hopes to reopen for dinner. 

    "We are working fast to get the restaurant in shape, and hopefully we will be able to open for dinner tonight," Carmine's said.

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