Smoke rose above the Village this evening as a 5-alarm fire broke out near Astor Place.
Around 5:45pm, firefighters were seen breaking through the windows of the six-story co-op building at 60 East 9th Street, near Broadway.
Elissa Sanci, an NYU journalism student, noticed something was wrong when she exited a subway car at 8th and Broadway and saw smoke inside the station. She said other riders looked nervous when exiting; when she walked up the stairs near Astor Place she saw the fire. Here’s her video from the scene.
As of 7pm nearly 200 firefighters from 44 units were trying to control the blaze. The cause had yet to be determined and there had been no reports of injuries or deaths when we spoke to an FDNY spokesperson then. Around 7:35pm, the fire department tweeted that one fire fighter had sustained a minor injury.
Update, June 29, 2:20pm: Firefighters were able to get the fire under control by 9:15pm Wednesday evening. No residents or pets were injured, but five firefighters sustained minor injuries. In a press conference, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the cause of the blaze is being investigated. “We are investigating now the possibility the fire actually started in a deli on the first floor and traveled up a shaft to the top floor,” he said.
As of 1pm today, pedestrian and vehicle traffic remained shut down around Bully’s Deli and the entrance to downtown R and W trains at the 8th St-NYU stop remained roped off.