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.
I’ve never seen this many emergency vehicles in one area on the UWS before. This is the look on Broadway, and then saw about 7-8 fire vehicles on Amsterdam. pic.twitter.com/fzBqYx2vRf
— Amara Grautski (@AmaraGrautski) July 13, 2019