Major fire breaks out in Manhattan, NYU construction site (PHOTO,VIDEO)
The two alarm fire broke out the construction site of new building, part of the New York University Langone Medical Center complex in midtown on Wednesday.
Manhattan heavy fire out the windows 5th floor of NYU. pic.twitter.com/u8tCZjgzWq— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) December 14, 2016
Black smoke and flames could be seen from cars driving on the FDR drive along the East River.
The Fire Department said the fire began on the fifth floor sometime around noon at the building on First Avenue.
NYCityAlerts: Update; 2nd alarm Manhattan at NYU Medical Center, division 1 reports they have water on the fire. R… pic.twitter.com/wypBWzWayc— Shield 1631 (@Shield1631) December 14, 2016
There were no immediate reports of injuries as firefighters struggled to bring the fire under control, according to New York Daily News.
U/D Manhattan: *2 Alarm Fire* box0684 at (NYU medical center) fire on the 5th floor near kimmel pavilion building that is under construction pic.twitter.com/qIGF4ga4qp— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) December 14, 2016
The first broke out noon. It was contained at around 1pm.
Authorities said the blaze broke out at the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion, a state-of-the-art 830,000-square foot tower that had been set to open in 2018. It's not clear what caused the fire.
One person refused medical attention at the scene; no other injuries were reported.