NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The American Museum of Natural History was evacuated Friday afternoon, after a small fire caused smoke to pour through a part of the iconic main building.
As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, the FDNY said the fire broke out in an air conditioning unit mounted outside of the museum, between the first and second floors.
The FDNY said the filter on the air conditioning unit caught fire and sucked smoke into the building, 1010 WINS’ Darius Radzius reported.
“It appears that maintenance work was using a torch on the outside, and it appears that the filters from the AC unit caught fire,” said FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph Schiralli.
Smoke alarms went off at the museum around 3 p.m. and the building was evacuated.