Restaurant Near Rockefeller Center Catches Fire in Duct Work

Flames shot from the roof and smoke clouded the skyline but officials said no one was seriously hurt in a restaurant fire Friday near New York’s Rockefeller Center.Firefighters brought the blaze under control around 10:30 p.m., about two hours after it broke out in the basement and ventilation system of a TGI Friday’s restaurant in midtown Manhattan, the Fire Department of New York said.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury, according to a FDNY spokesman. The cause of the fire was under investigation.Witness Kirby Gargantiel said he watched from a nearby rooftop as smoke grew thicker and darker, turning the air around 48th and 49th streets acrid.

A photo on Twitter showed flames shooting from the roof of the six-story building. A fire department spokesman said the flames likely came from a vent.More than 130 firefighters were called to the scene.

The blaze caused traffic delays in the area and transit officials rerouted bus routes.According to city records, the building was built-in the 1920s and has kitchens in the basement and on the fourth floor. A dining area occupies the first through third floors, with offices on the fifth and sixth.

via Restaurant Near Rockefeller Center Catches Fire – ABC News.

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