NEW YORK (PIX11) – Smoke billowed over Midtown Friday evening after a fire broke out in a high-rise building near Rockefeller Center.
The blaze started around 8:45 p.m. in the TGI Friday kitchen in the basement of 604 Fifth Ave,, between East 48th and 49th Streets, according to fire officials.
Flames are believed to have traveled up the exhaust system of the six-story building, sending flames shooting from the roof and creating a dramatic vista of flames atop the building.
The fire reached three alarms, but officials say it did not engulf the building and was largely contained by the ventilation shaft.
Tourists and people working nearby stopped to take pictures of the fire as photos quickly spread on Twitter.
Firefighters brought the blaze under control around 9:30 p.m.
No injuries were reported.