3-alarm blaze at NYC’s Penn Station causes train delays, cripples rush-hour traffic
It was a 3-alarm blaze, the NYC Fire Department (NYFD) reported on Twitter. Three hours passed in between its first posting on the incident and the tweet reading the fire was “under control.”
MAN 3-ALARM W 33 ST, FIRE BELOW GRADE AT SUBWAY STATION AT W 33 ST AND 8TH,
— FDNY (@FDNY) January 13, 2015
A video posted by Kenyel (@___ninoblak___) on Jan 12, 2015 at 11:41pm PST
New York subway A and E trains were instructed not to stop at Penn Station due to the fire.
The fire was inside the station, located at West 33rd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan, according to the Fire Department.
The flames could nevertheless been seen on the ground, as is seen in pictures taken by passers-by.
— tracie strahan (@tstrahan4NY) January 13, 2015
There have been reports that the fire started at a construction
site for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).
Firefighters had to seal off roads around Penn Station, leading to traffic problems in the morning rush hour.
— Moses Nelson (@HazTac_Medic) January 13, 2015
It’s not yet clear what caused the fire.
— ✡ ELZA_NEWS ✡ (@elza_news) January 13, 2015
— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) January 13, 2015