One World Trade Center Is Not on Fire

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown.


By Paul Bisceglio

Photo by Joscarfas, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

Don’t panic!

The fire that reportedly broke out on 1 World Trade Center’s 88th floor this morning was just welding, FDNY officials said.

84 firefighters rushed to the ground zero construction site at about 7:45 a.m. Steve Coleman, a spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, told the Associated Press that the fire report was called in by a member of the public.

The crew investigated the tower and found no fire. Flames from welding equipment that were visible to passersby 88 floors below caused the false alarm, FDNY Battalion Chief Kevin Brennan told CBS. The equipment was turned off, and the flames disappeared.

Construction began on the 104-story skyscraper — the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere — in 2006, and it is expected to be completed in 2014. Check out what the final product will look like here.

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