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Small Fire Triggers Alarms, Discomfort at Port Authority Bus Terminal

No injuries were reported and no evacuations were ordered, authorities said

What to Know

  • A smoke condition triggered alarms and caused multiple reports of discomfort at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Thursday morning
  • The smell was caused by a small fire in a mechanical room on the first floor of the south wing; no injuries were reported
  • "We are working on correcting the situation," the agency said in a tweet. "We apologize for the inconvenience."

A smoke condition triggered alarms and caused multiple reports of discomfort at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Thursday morning.

"The PABT is experiencing a smoke condition that is causing discomfort. We are working on the situation. Thank You for your patience!" the Port Authority said in an email alert. 

Multiple reports on social media indicated the terminal smelled like burning rubber.

Port Authority officials told News 4 there was a small fire in a mechanical room on the first floor of the south wing, which caused the acrid odor. No evacuations were ordered, and commuters were being told to leave through the Eighth Avenue exit. 

"We are working on correcting the situation," the agency said in a tweet. "We apologize for the inconvenience." 

The issue was cleared a short time later. No injuries were reported and bus service was not affected.

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