Small Fire Breaks Out in Empire State Building

NY Daily News - March 18, 2017


A blaze broke out Friday afternoon in the Empire State Building — scaring tenants but not injuring anyone.

FDNY officials said the fire started about 2:20 p.m. in the basement or on the first floor of the landmarked building at 350 Fifth Ave. in Midtown.

“When there's a fire in the Empire State Building and you have to get evacuated from it?? “ Noah Witsoe tweeted, adding a wide-eyed emoji.

The FDNY responded to the fire with 26 units and about 80 firefighters, officials said. The fire was not yet out as of 3 p.m., but there were no reported injuries, FDNY officials said.

A rep for the iconic building did not immediately respond to a request for comment.