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Chelsea Market Fire Prompts Evacuation of Building and NY1 News (VIDEO)

By  Ben Fractenberg Maya Rajamani and Trevor Kapp | March 28, 2017 12:31pm | Updated on March 28, 2017 1:15pm

 A fire broke out inside Chelsea Market Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
A fire broke out inside Chelsea Market Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
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CHELSEA — A fire broke out on the roof Chelsea Market Tuesday afternoon, forcing about 300 people to evacuate the building, the FDNY said.

The blaze started inside a cooling tower atop 425 W. 15th St., near 10th Avenue, around 12:10 p.m. It was brought under control about 45 minutes later, the FDNY said.


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One person was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital with minor injuries. About 80 firefighters and EMS personnel responded to the fire, officials said.

"We had an extremely heavy smoke condition down in the street," FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Gala said. "We were able to quickly locate the fire up on the roof."

"Our units quickly stretched a hose line up to the roof," he added. "We were able to shut the power to the cooling tower that was on fire and extinguished the fire."

The blaze started inside a cooling tower on the roof, a spokesman for Chelsea Market said in a statement.

Gala said the cooling tower was being drained when the blaze erupted.

"The fire department responded immediately to the scene, and the adjacent office floors of the building were evacuated as a precaution," the market's spokesman said. "The safety of our visitors and tenants is our greatest concern. No injuries have been reported and we are working with the FDNY to ensure that the situation remains under control."

Tenants evacuated from the building included the staff of NY1 News.

Tenants were told to evacuate slowly and calmly. Hundreds of people stood on the street as firefighters battled the blaze.