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Fire breaks out at Manhattan high-rise: FDNY

Posted at 10:39 AM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 13:41:27-05

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Plumes of dark smoke were seen in midtown Manhattan Friday morning after a blaze broke out at a high-rise building.

Video posted to social media showed flames shooting out from the ground floor of a building at 43rd Street and Madison Avenue. A Citibank and Ann Taylor clothing retailer are among the stores inside the building, Google Maps shows.

FDNY confirms they responded to a report of a fire at the location around 10:30 a.m. Flames were no longer visible from the street as of 11 a.m.

People who work at the building told PIX11 they evacuated after seeing Christmas lights of fire, and they suspect the decorations may be the cause of the blaze.

FDNY has not commented on the investigation.

No injuries were reported.