Fire Breaks Out In 39th Street Restaurant, FDNY Says

The Patch - July 11, 2018

A fourth-alarm fire broke out Tuesday in Chinese restaurant Szechuan Gourmet — located about a block away from Bryant Park. By Brendan Krisel, Patch National Staff

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — A fire broke out Tuesday afternoon in a restaurant a block away from Bryant Park, injuring at least 11 people, fire officials said.

The fire department got a call for a fire at 21 W. 39th Street, located between Fifth and Sixth avenues, around 4:13 p.m., an FDNY spokesman. The fire broke out in the ductwork of the six-story building's walls, fire officials said.

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The fire was put under control shortly before 8 p.m., fire officials said. The blaze prompted a fourth-alarm response, which means more than 150 emergency personnel responded to the scene.

Eleven people suffered injuries during the fire and have been transported to nearby hospitals, fire officials said. Of those injured, ten are firefighters and two were seriously injured but taken to the hospital in stable condition, fire officials said.

Witnesses said on social media the fire started in a Chinese restaurant. A restaurant called Szechuan Gourmet matched the address of the fire provided by the FDNY. Witnesses reported seeing mostly smoke, but one photo taken from a building on the opposite side of Bryant Park appeared to show flames coming from the West 39th Street building.