- Emergency services mobilize to stop the fire.
- The building is under construction.
- Information was disseminated on social media.
A FIRE IN NEW YORK. It was reported on social media that a building near Rockefeller Center was on fire. The posts stated that emergency services arrived at the scene and that there are no injuries at the moment. Authorities said that the building was under construction.
Seventy-eight firefighters put out the flames consuming the place. Other responders evacuated the people who may be in danger. The roads near the fire were also closed. The reports said that the incident possibly started with machinery.
The flames reached Rockefeller Center
On Monday morning, in Midtown Manhattan, near Rockefeller Center, a fire broke out on the roof of a building that was under construction. According to preliminary reports, the structure damaged by the flames was the future OMNI Hotel. The personnel in the lower floors were evacuated.
Firefighters arrived at the scene to put out the fire. The first reports indicate that the fire possibly originated from machinery that was being used to restore the part of the hotel under construction.
Building near Rockefeller Center on fire: What happened?
Internet users shared the shocking images of the future OMNI Hotel on social media. Everything seems to indicate that the roof of the building is undergoing construction work and that some construction machinery may have caused the fire. The videos show big smoky flames coming out of the highest part of the building and scaring people in the vicinity.
“Fire broke out in a building near Rockefeller Center in the city of New York. Emergency personnel are already working to control the incident,” reads the tweet shared by the account of The Morning. They also shared the shocking images of the fire and its aftermath. Internet users were surprised at the mishap that occurred. Filed under: Building near Rockefeller Center on fire
Building near Rockefeller Center on fire: Did emergency personnel arrive?
Televisa News reported that shortly after emergency personnel arrived at the building that is currently under construction, mobilizations began to evacuate the people on the lower floors of the hotel. The flames consumed some of the material that was being stored for the restoration of the terrace. Seventy-eight firefighters arrived at the scene, and it took more than an hour to put out the fire. To see the video, click here.
So far, no possible injuries or deaths from the accident have been reported, but the information is still being updated. Also, the authorities stated that the area will remain closed while the investigation is ongoing. Motorists will need to take alternative routes. Filed under: Building near Rockefeller Center on fire
Building near Rockefeller Center on fire: Did it go viral?
Users near the area shared different videos on social media showing the incident in New York that occurred at noon. The videos show how the flames consumed the terrace of the building that was presumed to be the new OMNI hotel. In one of the videos shared on Twitter, one can see how gray smoke spreads, worrying people who were near the edifice. To see the video, click here.
Incident report: The fire occurred at 145 W 47th Street. The structure was an OMNI hotel under construction. The fire could have started with construction machinery. “No injuries have been reported,” tweeted Intel Point. “This already gets weird to be a coincidence,” one of the netizens commented. Filed under: Building near Rockefeller Center on fire
Earlier this month, a fire broke out in Brooklyn
A raging fire also broke out in a building under construction in Brooklyn, New York. It left at least seven injured and several people trapped on the morning of Tuesday, November 9. Huge plumes of smoke were observed at the site as firefighters battled the intense flames.
The Sun reported that the fire started at around 8:45 a.m., local time, on Tuesday. According to local reports, all emergency services were alerted that several people were trapped in the building. Filed under: Building near Rockefeller Center on fire
Raging fire in Brooklyn
Apparently, the fire broke out on the first floor, but you could see smoke coming from the entire building under construction in Brooklyn in photographs that were shared on social media, The Sun reported. The images showed black smoke coming out of the building.
The person who shared the images confirmed that the building was located on 4th Avenue at 63rd Street. The images captured by Pix11 show workers on one side of the building exiting via a crane. However, it is unclear whether they were recorded before or after the fire broke out, The Sun said. Filed under: Building near Rockefeller Center on fire
Dozens of officials responded to the fire in Brooklyn (click on the image to watch the video)
The fire department told The Sun that 12 fire units and 60 officials came to the scene to fight the blaze at the building in Brooklyn. Seven people were evaluated after suffering non-life threatening injuries.
It’s unclear if anyone else was injured in the Brooklyn fire or if they all managed to escape the building. However, Pix 11 indicated that there were six people who received medical attention. It was later reported that the fire had been brought under control at approximately 9:30 a.m., local time.
Fire leaves at least 30 children dead in Niger
More than 20 children were killed and dozens were injured in a fire that swept through a school in Niger’s second-largest city, Maradi. “At this moment, we have 26 dead and 13 injured, four of them seriously,” said Chaibou Aboubacar, mayor of Maradi, according to Khaleej Times.
Three classrooms constructed of straw were consumed by the flames in the AFN preschool and primary school. Children between the ages 3 and 8 were killed in the incident, the government said Monday night. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire and where it started, the Regional Directorate of National Education said, according to the Associated Press.
What caused the fire at the school?
Often overcrowded schools in Niger use straw huts as temporary rooms. Twenty children died in April when a fire fanned by high winds burned down an elementary school on the outskirts of Niger’s capital, Niamey. Professors and teachers pointed out that the event highlighted the danger of temporary classes.
“Our hearts go out to the children and families affected. Our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and their communities,” UNICEF Representative in Niger Stefao Savi said in a statement. “No child should ever be in danger while learning in school,” he said. “UNICEF will continue to work with national authorities and partners across the country to ensure that children can attend school and learn in a safe environment.”
4 babies died in another hospital fire
The tragedy spread to India. Four babies died in central India in a fire in a neonatology unit, according to authorities. An investigation was ordered into the Monday night fire at the Kamla Nehru Children’s Hospital in Bhopal, said Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Madhya Pradesh’s chief minister of state.
There were 40 children in the unit, 36 of whom were rescued, according to the minister of Medical Education, Vishwas Sarang. The minister said that he had arrived at the hospital 10 minutes after the incident and that everything was under control. “The premature death of children is an excruciating pain,” Chauhan said on Twitter, offering his condolences to the affected families. Filed under: Children die in fire
Although the investigation was still open, authorities told the Press Trust of India news agency that a short circuit could have caused the fire, the Associated Press reported.
Fatal building fires are not uncommon in India, where poor maintenance and a lack of proper fire fighting equipment often result in fatalities.