Midtown Electrical Fire Injures 2, FDNY Says

The Patch - November 28, 2018

The fire broke out in a 15-story apartment building on East 54th Street shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday. By Brendan Krisel, Patch National Staff

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — An electrical fire in the basement of a Midtown Manhattan apartment building injured four people Tuesday morning, an FDNY spokesman said.

The fire broke out in the 15-story apartment building at 123 E. 54th St., located between Park and Lexington Avenues, shortly after 6 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said. The response was upgraded to a second alarm meaning that at least 60 firefighters and 25 vehicles responded to the scene, the spokesman said.

The 15-story building, which holds more than 60 apartment units, was evacuated while firefighters operated, an FDNY spokesman said. City fire marshals determined the blaze was accidental and that the building's fire alarms were operational.

The four people injured during the fire suffered minor injuries, an FDNY spokesman said.

The NYPD shut down traffic on East 54th Street between Park and Lexington avenue while firefighters battled the blaze, the NYPD's Midtown North precinct announced.