Fire Breaks Out at Problem-Plagued One57 Construction Site

By Jess Wisloski on March 16, 2014 1:37pm | Updated on March 16, 2014 5:51pm

 A fire broke out just before 9 p.m. at One57, a luxury building in Midtown, and caught on scaffolding, according to a witness.
A fire broke out just before 9 p.m. at One57, a luxury building in Midtown, and caught on scaffolding, according to a witness.
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MIDTOWN — A fire broke out at the construction site of a skyscraper that has caused headaches for neighbors and local officials over the past year, officials said Sunday.

The blaze was spotted at 8:57 p.m. on the loading dock at One57, a swanky 90-story Midtown condo complex at 157 West 57th St. that was granted 24-hour construction permits last fall.

It was brought under control by 10:12 p.m. and no injuries were reported, an FDNY spokesman said.

A neighbor said from her property —  adjacent to the tower on West 58th Street — she could see the flames spread to the building's scaffolding and to the scaffolding of her building as well.

"Our building line is 15 feet from One57 so, obviously - the flames were a great cause of concern," she said in an email to DNAinfo.com New York.

The skyscraper first made the news in 2012 when an inadequately secured construction crane broke loose in the winds of Hurricane Sandy, leaving the block between Sixth and Seventh avenues shut down for a week.

In August, the building was granted the construction permits, infuriating residential neighbors on the block, and two months later another crane at the site was left unsecured and hanging precariously over the street.

Most recently, the local community board voted down a liquor license Thursday, after neighbors said they feared loud parties would be held on an outside terrace with sounds emanating to nearby residences.

Calls to Extell were not returned Sunday.

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