Two Injured in Fire on 83rd Street That Brought Out ‘Massive’ Emergency Response

Photos by Paul Moniz.

An electrical fire on the second floor of a residential building at 83rd and Broadway shortly after noon on Saturday brought out a large emergency response, with ambulances and fire trucks lined up down to the corner of 82nd.

“The response to this event appeared massive by local standards,” wrote witness Paul Moniz. “When I arrived on scene about 1 p.m., there were FDNY and EMS vehicles stretched from 84th St to 82nd St. along Broadway and from 83rd St. from Broadway to Amsterdam.”

The fire at 225 West 83rd Street started in an electrical room, according to an FDNY spokesman. People at a child’s birthday party on the second floor smelled smoke, one of the attendees told Moniz. FDNY was called at 12:35 p.m. It was near the AMC Loews theater there, but the theater was apparently not affected.

Two people suffered minor injuries, according to the spokesman, and the fire was declared under control as of 2:05 p.m.

A firefighter at the scene told Moniz that the large response was due to the size of the building and fears that other floors could be impacted.

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    1. Jeff B says:

      I live in said building. Luckily it seems to have been contained in time and there is no major damage.

    2. G says:

      Was there fear that this could be a gas explosion?? We have a problem on 83rd, maybe that’s why the massive turnout?

    3. Wendy says:

      This sounds like the Bromley building, above Chicos.

    4. Richard says:

      The huge response comes as no surprise to me. I live on W. 70th btw Columbus and CPW, and it seems about once a month or so, a massive entourage of fire trucks and firemen noisily descend upon the block, blocking traffic and creating quite the disturbance. This would not be a problem except for one small detail: in each case, there was no smoke and no flames. None. 🤔