Fire At NYU Langone Medical Center


hero to . IT LOOKS AS THOSE HAS SMOKE HAS BEEN CONFINED A LITTLE BIT. IT APPEARS THAT THAT PART OF THE BUILDING IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION. WE ARE HEARING THAT SOME PATIENTS ARE BEING EVACUATED DUE TO THAT THICK, HEAVY SMOKE AS WE’RE TAKING A LIVE LOOK AS FIRST RESPONDERS TRY TO BRING THE FLAMES UNDER CONTROL AND THE SMOKE THAT’S BEEN BILLOWING FROM THAT AREA. YOU CAN SEE THOSE FIREFIGHTERS RIGHT THERE AT THE TOP OF THE BUILDING. THIS BROKE OUT ABOUT 20 MINUTES AGO. AGAIN, AT NYU LANGO MEDICAL CENTER. A PART OF THE BUILDING THAT IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AS WE CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU A LIVE LOOK. AND THE CONCERN OF COURSE IS PATIENTS AT THE MEDICAL CENTER NOT BELIEVED TO BE ANY PATIENTS IN THIS PART OF THE BUILDING AS IT IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION BUT AGAIN PATIENTS IN NEARBY AREAS ARE BEING EVACUATED AT THIS TIME. YOU CAN IMAGINE WITH THAT BLACK SMOKE THAT WE DID PICTURE EARLIER HOW QUICKLY THAT SPREADS AND THE POTENTIAL OF ANY OF THAT SMOKE GETTING TO THE PATIENT. IT LOOKS LIKE THE FDNY HAS DONE A GOOD JOB OF GETTING THIS TO A MANAGE POSITION RIGHT NOW, THE FLAMES NOT AS INTENSE OR THE SMOKE NOT AS INTENSE AS IT WAS A FEW MOMENTS AGO. A NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS YOU CAN SEE. THESE ARE PICTURES FROM A FEW MOMENTS AGO. YOU CAN SEE THAT THICK BLACK SMOKE BILLOWING FROM FIRST AVENUE AND 33rd STREET. NYU’S LANGO MEDICAL CENTER. OBVIOUSLY GREAT CONCERNS WITH THE NUMBER OF PATIENT AT THE HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDING US IMAGES ON TWITTER AND WOULD NOT, FACEBOOK THE LAST FEW MOMENTS SO WE CAN SEE THIS AND BRING YOU THESE DIFFERENT VANTAGE POINTS. BACK TO THE LIVE PICTURES THAT WE WERE SHOWING AWE FEW MOMENTS AGO IT LOOKS AS THOUGH THE FDNY HAS DONE A GOOD JOB OF GETTING THIS FIRE YOU SHOULD CONTROL, A TWO-ALARM AT THIS TIME WHICH YOU CAN SEE THE FIREFIGHTERS PUTTING THIS FIRE DOWN AND THE SMOKE BASICALLY AT A POINT WHERE IT’S NOT NEARLY AS BAD AS IT WAS JUST FIVE MINUTES AGO. THE FIREFIGHTER CONTINUES AT THIS MOMENT AS WE SEE FIREFIGHTERS AT THE ROOF OF THIS AREA OF THE BUILDING. WE DO SEE SOME FLICKER OF FLAMES THERE IN THE BUILDING, AND THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO BRING UNDER CONTROL. AND THEY WERE MUCH MORE SEVERE EARLIER AS WE WERE SEEING THOSE FLAMES SHOOTING OUT FROM THE TOP OF THE BUILDING BUT YOU CAN SEE THAT, THE FLICKER OF THE FILMS AT THE TOP OF THE BUILDING AS THE FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO WORK TO BRING THIS UNDER CONTROL. THE FIRE WAS SCENE OVER THE EAST RIVER. AGAIN, FIRST AVENUE AT 30TH STREET AND THAT PART OF THE BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION. FIREFIGHTERS REMAIN AT THE TOP OF THE BUILDING WHICH TELLS US THAT IT IS SECURED RIGHT THERE ON THE ROOF AS THEY CONTINUE TO FIGHT IT FROM THERE. AS WE TAKE A LIVE LOOK, CHOPPER 2 IS HEADED TO THE SCENE RIGHT NOW TO GIVE US A LOOK FROM THE AIR AS WE ARE LOOKING AT THAT TIME SMOKE BILLOWING FROM THAT PART OF THE BUILDING. JIM SMITH IS IN CHOPPER 2. HE IS ON THE WAY TO THE SCENE AS WE CONTINUE TO TAKE A LIVE LOOK FOUR. JIM, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US FROM WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IN YOUR VANTAGE POINT AS YOU HAVE BEEN MOVING TOWARD THAT AREA? WE ARE JUST ARRIVING OVER THE SCENE. YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE SMOKE STILL COMING OUT OF THE BUILDING, JUST TO RECAP WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED SO FAR, THE BUILDING, A PORTION OF THE BUILDING IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. WE UNDERSTAND THE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS THAT ARE ON FIRE BUT THERE WAS SOME CONCERNS WITH THE SMOKE BLOWING INTO PORTIONS OF THE MEDICAL CENTER THAT DO HAVE PATIENTS AND PEOPLE IN THERE. SO SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE WERE MOVED TO OTHER PORTIONS OF THE BUILDING TO GET AWAY FROM THE SMOKE. ARRIVING OVER THE SCENE NOW, WE ARE HOPING TO GET A BETTER VANTAGE POINT WITHIN THE NEXT MINUTE OR TWO BUT THERE IS SOME SMOKE THAT WE CAN SEE COMING OUT OF A PORTION OF THE HOSPITAL COMPLEX. AGAIN THE AREA NEXT TO THE FDR DRIVE. IT IS ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE HOSPITAL COMPLEX. THAT IS WHERE WE’RE SEEING THE SMOKE AT THIS TIME. AS YOU CAN SEE WE’RE COMING AROUND NOW OVER THE EAST RIVER, AND AGAIN THE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, A PORTION OF THE MEDICAL CENTER UNDER CONSTRUCTION, THE BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION, THAT IS WHAT IS ACTUALLY ON FIRE AT THIS TIME. THERE HAVE BEEN CONCERNS WITH THE SMOKE BLOWING INTO AREAS WHERE THERE ARE PATIENTS AND PEOPLE THAT WORK AT THE HOSPITAL. SO SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE WERE BEING MOVED TO OTHER AREAS TO GET THEM OUT OF THE WAY OF THAT SMOKE. CHRIS, MARY. ALL RIGHT, CHRIS, THANKS. WE SEE MORE FIREFIGHTERS ATTEMPTING TO PUT THIS FIRE DOWN. MARY, FROM WHAT WE HAVE SEEN COVERING A NUMBER OF THESE FIRES OVER THE YEARS, BETTER TO SEE WHITE SMOKE THAN BLACK SMOKE SO WE’RE HOPING THE FIRE IS MORE UNDER CONTROL THOU THAN IT WAS A FEW MOMENTS AGO WHEN IT WAS THAT THICK BLACK SMOKE BILLOWING FROM THE NYULANGO MEDICAL CENTER. JIM SMITH HIGH ABOVE THE SCENE AS WE CONTINUE TO SHOW YOU WHAT’S BEEN BREAKING FOR THE LAST 10 MINUTES. NO INJURIES REPORTED. THAT PART OF THE BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

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