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Fish Killed in NoLIta Aquarium Fire

By Ben Fractenberg | April 27, 2011 11:59am | Updated on April 27, 2011 1:45pm
A man holds up one of the tiny fish that died in Wednesday's fire at 38 Aquarium.
A man holds up one of the tiny fish that died in Wednesday's fire at 38 Aquarium.
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By Ben Fractenberg and Serena Solomon

DNAinfo Reporters/Producers

NOLITA — A fire in a NoLIta Aquarium store left Broome Street littered with dead fish Wednesday.

The front window and several fish tanks were shattered at 38 Aquarium located on 371 Broome St., leaving dead fish and pebbles scattered inside the store and on the sidewalk.

"As sad at it sounds it looks like weird piece of art," said one passerby, who declined to give his name. "It's horrible, it's a gruesome piece of art."

The blaze started in the first floor about 9:50 a.m., the fire department said. It was under control by 10:20 a.m.

The building's superintendent said the fire department had to break down the doors to the second floor apartments.

The front window and fish tanks were smashed during the fire, leaving dead fish and glass on the sidewalk.
The front window and fish tanks were smashed during the fire, leaving dead fish and glass on the sidewalk.
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"I would say it's a couple thousand dollars worth of damage," said Nelson Santiago, 50, the superintendent of the building.

There were no injuries — aside from the fish — and the fire's cause is still being investigated, according to the FDNY.

The fire was the second in the neighborhood Wednesday morning.  A fire also broke out at Delicatessen and Macbar on Lafayette Street.

The front window and fish tanks were smashed during the fire, littering the sidewalk with glass and dead fish.
The front window and fish tanks were smashed during the fire, littering the sidewalk with glass and dead fish.
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