Fire Breaks Out on Roof of Fulton Street Transit Hub

By Jess Wisloski on July 15, 2013 2:41pm | Updated on July 15, 2013 3:29pm

 Firefighters combat a blaze on the roof of the Fulton Center transit hub, July 15, 2013.
Firefighters combat a blaze on the roof of the Fulton Center transit hub, July 15, 2013.
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FINANCIAL DISTRICT — A fire broke out on the roof of the five-story Fulton Center transit station on Monday afternoon, fire officials and witnesses said.

The blaze was called in at 1:30 p.m. at 194 Broadway, and trucks were still on the scene an hour later, a spokesman for the FDNY said. A spark from welding going on at the construction site hit insulation, causing the fire, an MTA spokesman said.

The $1.4 billion transit hub, which is expected to connect 10 subway lines as well as the PATH train, is scheduled to open in June 2014.

"It was a small fire, quickly extinguished by FDNY," at 2:52 p.m., said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz and the FDNY. "Obviously [there was] no impact to service, as the transit center is not yet open."

Twitter user @jeress uploaded a photo of the scene showing a firefighter on top of the station's roof at 1:45 p.m.

The Fire Marshal would be looking into the cause of the fire, the FDNY spokesman said.

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