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Fire Breaks Out at Empire State Building, FDNY Says

By Aidan Gardiner | March 17, 2017 3:05pm | Updated on March 17, 2017 4:17pm

MANHATTAN — A fire broke out at the Empire State Building Friday afternoon, the FDNY said.

The blaze started in the basement of a business located inside the iconic skyscraper, at 350 Fifth Ave, about 2:22 p.m., officials said.

About 60 firefighters responded to the scene, bringing the blaze under control at 4:23 p.m., an FDNY spokeswoman said.

There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 


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The City's Office of Emergency Management tweeted out that Fifth Avenue was closed between West 32nd Street and West 34th Street around 3:28 p.m. By 4:46 p.m., the avenue had reopened.