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3-alarm blaze at NYC’s Penn Station causes train delays, cripples rush-hour traffic

3-alarm blaze at NYC’s Penn Station causes train delays, cripples rush-hour traffic
It took 100 firefighters to bring a fire at New York’s Penn Station under control. Trains had to be delayed because of the incident, which luckily resulted in no injuries.

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.”

Big fire on 34th ST.. Shit crazy ...

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.

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.

It’s not yet clear what caused the fire.

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