Times Square Fire Forces Workers Out Of Office Building

The Patch - November 28, 2017

by The Patch

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — More than 100 people evacuated a Times Square office building after a fire broke out in a basement parking garage, officials said. The fire at 1540 Broadway was first reported at 4:13 p.m. and was under control at 5:29 p.m., the FDNY said.

Some 120 people evacuated the 45-story building on Broadway near 46th Street, the FDNY said. It's home to offices for Viacom, Adobe and other companies, as well as retail stores such as the Disney Store, Forever 21 and MAC Cosmetics.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire, which started in a storage area in the parking garage, an FDNY spokesman said. No one was in the garage at the time and no one was taken to the hospital for injuries he said.

Some 26 fire trucks and 84 firefighters responded to the scene, the FDNY said. The fire didn't spread to other floors of the building.

Adam Feldman, the theater editor for Time Out New York, tweeted that he saw "disturbing smoke and smell" near the eighth floor as he came down the stairs to evacuate the building. Feldman and his co-workers went down 42 flights of stairs to get out, he wrote.

"Quite scary. Fire trucks on the scene now," Feldman tweeted at 4:49 p.m. after getting out of the building.

Everyone inside was able to get out safely, BET social media director Tatiana Hollifield wrote on Twitter. She said she had smelled gas and saw a little smoke.

The FDNY spokesman said he was uncertain whether the employees had gone back in the building.