NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fire officials say two people suffered minor injuries in an early morning fire that damaged three buildings near Times Square.
More than 200 firefighters responded to the 3-alarm fire, which began around 4:47 a.m. at an 11-story building on 48th Street and 7th Avenue. The fire has since been brought under control.
Fire officials said it started in the duct work of the TSQ Brasserie restaurant before spreading to a neighboring music store and a deli, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported.
“When I opened the stairwell door to get down, there was no smoke in the stairwell so we just ran down the stairwell,” witness Jonathon Leyden told CBS2’s Magdalena Doris. “We came outside to see that flames were like billowing from this building right here.”
One civilian was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A firefighter also suffered minor injuries, but stayed on the scene.
As firefighters battled the blaze, people who live and work nearby were being advised to keep their windows closed due to smoke in the area. The FDNY also warned commuters to expect some smoke and traffic delays in the area.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.