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Heavy Smoke From NYC High-Rise Roof Causes Brief Scare On Eve Of 9/11 Anniversary

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Heavy smoke pours from the roof of 11 Madison Ave. on September 10, 2011.

Heavy smoke pours from the roof of 11 Madison Ave. on September 10, 2011.

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A possible transformer fire on the roof of a Manhattan high-rise caused a brief scare in a city already unnerved by an unconfirmed terror threat.

Fire officials say the blaze at 11 Madison Ave., near Madison Square Park Saturday afternoon caused heavy smoke, but was quickly doused. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

A 23-year-old teacher who was in the park waiting in line with friends at the burger restaurant Shake Shack said people at first started getting nervous but then everyone quickly calmed down once they realized there was no reason to panic.

Since late Wednesday, counterterrorism officials have been chasing a tip of a plot possibly timed to disrupt 9/11 events in New York and Washington.

CBS New York reader “Mike” posted this video of the fire:

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