Second Alarm Fire Breaks Out in Historic Skyscraper Near Zuccotti Park

DNA Info - October 22, 2011

by Tuan Nguyen and Tom Liddy

MANHATTAN -- A smoky fire broke out in a historic Lower Manhattan high-rise just steps from the Occupy Wall Street protest encampment at Zuccotti Park, officials said.

The two-alarm blaze erupted on the 28th floor of the Equitable Building at 120 Broadway, near Pine Street, at 5:30 p.m., the FDNY said.

"The fire alarm went off around a quarter to six,'' said Vrajesh Jhaveri, who works on the 19th floor. "I came out but didn't see anything, but the firemen had to break the windows for the smoke to get out.''

Some 36 units and 126 firefighters fought the flames at the 41-story high-rise, near Zuccotti Park, where the protesters have been camped out since Sept. 17.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or people trapped.

The Equitable Building, which dates to 1915, is listed as a National Historic Landmarkand was the largest in the world when it was completed, according to Silverstein Properties.

It has undergone a $60 million renovation, the developer said.