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Fire Breaks Out at 1 World Trade Center

By Jess Wisloski | June 2, 2012 2:24pm
Fog enveloped One World Trade Center on Mon., May 21, 2012.
Fog enveloped One World Trade Center on Mon., May 21, 2012.
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MANHATTAN — Flames appeared near a construction site at 1 World Trade Center at 7:15 a.m. Saturday morning, bringing back frightful memories of a different blaze that took place several years ago at the epicenter of the 2001 terrorist attacks. 

The FDNY said a call came in at 7:15 a.m. from construction workers, who reported there was a fire on the 89th floor.

According to a press release from the Port Authority, the workers for Tishman Construction found smoldering plywood on the upper-level floor, and used handheld fire extinguishers they had on-site to keep the flames at bay.

The FDNY responded, and knocked down the fire by 8:19 a.m., and the department reports that the fire was completely under control by 9:13 a.m. Only minor firefigher injuries were reported, said the FDNY.

"Everything worked exactly as it should have," noted Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. The Port Authority owns the World Trade Center site, and leases out the land for the buildings to developer Larry Silverstein.

"The Port Authority has standing weekly meetings with the FDNY to provide updates on construction progress and site operations. As today proved, these briefings are invaluable to ensuring the utmost coordination for all activities on site."

For many, the unexpected fire in an unoccupied space under construction brought back memories of the Deutsche Bank building fire, which occurred at 5 World Trade Center on August 18, 2007.

Two members of the FDNY died in the blaze, Robert Beddia, and Joseph Graffagnino, after discovering in the midst of firefighting efforts that the emergency water line to the building had been cut and dismantled by the contracting firm working on the building's demolition.