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Digital billboard catches fire in Times Square

Posted at 3:43 PM, May 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 22:16:55-04

MIDTOWN — An electronic billboard was on fire in Times Square Saturday afternoon, according to fire officials and multiple videos posted on Twitter by users in the area.

The fire, which started around 3 p.m. Saturday, was under control by 6 p.m., the FDNY said.

The sign covers about four floors of the building at 3 Times Square, also known as the Thomson Reuters building. Flames did not spread beyond the sign, authorities said.

The sign was "de-energized" after 80 firefighters responded to the building, the spokesperson said.

It's unclear what caused the fire.