According to official reports, Manhattan faced a precarious situation on Wednesday morning when a crane was engulfed in flames and eventually collapsed, resulting in injuries to a civilian and a firefighter.
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The incident, which swiftly escalated to a five-alarm fire, occurred in the vicinity of 550 Tenth Avenue, situated between 40th and 41st streets in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, as confirmed by the FDNY. The fire broke out around 7:30 a.m., creating a dangerous and chaotic scene.
Eyewitness video recordings depict the crane, perched atop the building, fiercely ablaze before a segment of the structure detached and crumbled into a building across the street. The ensuing debris cascaded into the streets below, prompting nearby pedestrians to seek immediate shelter.
As a result of the emergency, traffic in the proximity of the Lincoln Tunnel was severely affected. The Port Authority reported delays of approximately an hour. Official guidance advised motorists to circumvent the area spanning from West 41st to West 42nd streets between Tenth and Eleventh avenues.
In response to the incident, Mayor Eric Adams made his way to the scene to assess the situation firsthand and oversee the response. More details about the fire and the ensuing investigation are expected to unfold in the coming days.