Fire Breaks Out on Second Floor of Blakely Hotel
By Ben Fractenberg
MIDTOWN — Fire alarms sent guests of The Blakely New York hotel out onto West 55th Street Wednesday afternoon after a fire broke out.
The fire began at about 12:13 p.m. on the second floor and was put out in under 30 minutes, according to the FDNY.
A fire alarm went off in the building alerting most of the guests about the emergency. However, some guests didn't leave the building immediately.
Hotel guest Robina Young heard the fire alarm from her room on the third floor but didn't smell any smoke or see any flames. Young said she stayed in her room until her husband saw the fire trucks outside The Blakely when he was returning from a walk. He called her and insisted she leave the building, Young said.
There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined yet, the FDNY said.
An Australian couple checked shortly after the fire was put out while the firemen were getting ready to leave the scene. Glen Rees, 68, and his wife Hazel traveled to the Big Apple from Sydney, but appeared undeterred by the fire at their New York hotel.
"We just thought it was all-inclusive ... excitement included in the package," Hazel Rees said.