Fire Erupts at Site of Tech Giant's Planned Manhattan Campus

NY Daily News - August 13, 2019

by JOHN ANNESE

Fire erupted Monday on the site of tech giant Google’s planned Manhattan office campus. The blaze broke out about 6:30 p.m. in a construction area on the roof of St. John’s Terminal at 550 Washington St. on the far western edge of the West Village.

Firefighters quenched the two-alarm blaze at about 7:20 p.m. "We had a little bit of trouble getting water on the fire,” said FDNY Deputy Chief William Donleavy.

A problem with a standpipe required firefighters to stretch a water line up some of the building’s stairs, Donleavy said.

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries. Fire marshals were still looking into how it started.

Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., plans to build a complex of more than 1.7 million square feet along the Hudson River that includes the Washington St. building.