Fire on roof of historic building sends smoke billowing over Lower Manhattan

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(Photo: Anthony Via Corrado ‏@ViaCorrado )

(Photo: Anthony Via Corrado ‏@ViaCorrado )

MANHATTAN — Smoke filled the air across Lower Manhattan after an explosion rocked a historic building causing a fire on the roof Monday evening.

The blaze broke out just after 7:30 p.m. at the Germania Bank building at Bowery and Spring Street.

Th building, a former bank location, now houses private residences.

The fire was knocked down a short time later.

No injuries were reported.

Photos and videos across social media show black smoke filling the sky across the area.

(Photo: Sara Guaglione @SPGuaglione)

(Photo: Sara Guaglione