Firefighters put out a 2-alarm fire on 34th Street between 7 and 8 Avenues this morning. Twelve trucks were on scene.
The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) got the call at 8:15 and the fire was under control at 9:35. It was put out within an hour and half.
FDNY Deputy Chief Mike McPartland said the fire occurred at the first floor of a vacant store in a one-story building at 245 West 34th St. The fire then spread between the ceiling and the roof, prompting 2-alarm. Firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to other buildings.
It seems the store was under renovation. “They had workers in there with torches,” McPartland said. He wasn’t able to confirm, whether the torches were the cause of the fire.
The workers were still inside when the fire broke out, but when the FDNY arrived on the scene all of them already left. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries, McPartland said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.