Fire Forces 5,000 Holiday Shoppers To Flee Macy's

NY Daily News - December 21, 2009

by Edgar Sandoval and Bill Egbert DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

A small fire Sunday at the flagship Macy's department store in Herald Square forced the evacuation of more than 5,000 holiday shoppers.

One store worker suffered an asthma attack because of the smoky fire that broke out just after 4 p.m., but no one else was hurt.

Manhattan's most famous department store was closed for about two hours. It reopened just after 6 p.m.

British tourist Sheila Sheward and her family had just sat down to eat in a restaurant at the store when they were ordered to evacuate.

"My wine is still sitting there on the table," said Sheward.

The fire caused minor damage to merchandise, and the store will be open as usual today, said Macy's spokeswoman Patti Lee.

"We are just glad no one got hurt," Lee said.