Upper East Side Fire Injures 2, FDNY Says

The Patch - November 08, 2018

The fire sent smoke into a nearby subway station on Second Avenue and East 72nd Street, witnesses said.<

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — A fire broke out Tuesday morning in an Upper East Side bodega, injuring two people and sending smoke into a nearby subway station, an FDNY spokesman said.

The fire erupted within the first-story business of a five-story building at 1391 Second Ave., located between East 72nd and 73rd streets, around 6:15 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said. Firefighters rushed to the scene and had the blaze under control by 7:40 a.m., the spokesman said.

One firefighter and one civilian suffered minor injuries during the fire, an FDNY spokesman said.

The store appears to have suffered significant damage during the fire, according to photos from the scene. Glass windows, the store's awning and merchandise shelves all burned up during the fire.

Witnesses said the fire caused the nearby East 72nd Street Q line station to fill up with smoke.

"Umm..72nd street Q stop is filled with smoke and fire alarms going off. We all exited as the smoke was building. Fire trucks now on the scene," one commuter Tweeted.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by city fire marshals, an FDNY spokesman said.