Museum of Natural History evacuated after smoke condition

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NEW YORK (PIX11) - Firefighters evacuated the Museum of Natural History after a smoke condition inside the building  Friday.

The condition is believed to have started on the first floor of the museum, which is located at 200 Central Park West.

Employees and approximately 3,000 to 4,000 vistors were rushed out of the building.

The FDNY brought the situation under control just after 3:30 p.m.

The condition was started by construction workers working on an air-conditioning unit outside the building, according to the FDNY.

The museum states that there was never a fire inside the building, despite earlier reports, but two sprinklers did deploy in a contained area of the hall as a result of the smoke.

The smoke condition at the building has since been contained, but evening programs at the museum were cancelled.

There was also a problem turning off the sprinklers, and there is a possibility of water damage inside the museum.

No injuries were reported and the museum will be opened at normal time Saturday.



  • Tim

    The sprinklers won’t activate by smoke. Chances are the fire was contained by the sprinklers before anyone knew there was a fire. #sprinklerssavelives

  • adam

    Smoke does not cause a firesprinklers to activate, heat does. The activate at temperatures from 135- 286 degrees and a couple higher if needed depending on the thermal sensitivity of the sprinkler head. Please get your facts straight!

  • Kevin

    Mr. Tanner please know of what you speak BEFORE you post an article! Fire sprinklers are just that….they activate from the heat of a fire NOT smoke as you stated!

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