NY Daily News - June 14, 2012by Shayna Jacobs AND Sarah Armaghan
Basement blast knocks out power to Hilton hotel for several hoursAn electrical explosion rocked the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan Wednesday, leaving three people with injuries and knocking power out for hours, officials said. Two workers tending to an electrical panel in the basement of the hotel at Sixth Ave. and W. 54th St. were hurt in the 1:10 p.m. blast, the FDNY said.
One man was treated at the scene for a head injury and the other was taken to NY Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center to be treated for minor burns to his hands, FDNY officials said.
When the power cut off, a total of nine people were stuck in two elevator cars for nearly 30 minutes, officials said. One woman who was trapped was treated for hyperventilation at the scene after firefighters got them out, the FDNY said.
Although it wasn't necessary to evacuate the building, some guests were annoyed by the midday mishap.
"It's a little bit of an inconvenience, we're celebrating a birthday," said Tony Thompson, 40, who was vacationing from Orlando, FL, with his wife Yolanda who turned 49 on Wednesday.
"You expect to be in a situation where you can enjoy the amenities."
One man who was staying in the hotel while his TriBeca pad was being renovated was seen lugging about a dozen suitcases down four flights of stairs.
"We're just going to another hotel," said the man, 34, who works in finance and declined to give his name.
Guests were given water and pizza while they waited for things to return to normal, the spokesman said.Con Edison crews working into the evening hours to restore power, a hotel spokesman said, while a generator provided limited lighting to the 46-story building. The hotel, with 1,981 rooms, was at full capacity Wednesday, the spokesman said. By 6 p.m., elevators had been restored up to the 34th floor, allowing guests to retreat to their rooms for the night. Around 10:30 p.m., power was back on in all floors.