Restaurant near Rockefeller Center catches fire

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Associated Press

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 7 at 1:08 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Flames shot from the roof and smoke clouded the skyline but officials said no one was seriously hurt in a restaurant fire Friday near New York's Rockefeller Center.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control around 10:30 p.m., about two hours after it broke out in the basement and ventilation system of a TGI Friday's restaurant in midtown Manhattan, the Fire Department of New York said.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury, according to an FDNY spokesman. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Witness Kirby Gargantiel said he watched from a nearby rooftop as smoke grew thicker and darker, turning the air around 48th and 49th streets acrid.

A photo on Twitter showed flames shooting from the roof of the six-story building. A fire department spokesman said the flames likely came from a vent.

More than 130 firefighters were called to the scene. The blaze caused traffic delays in the area and transit officials rerouted bus routes.

According to city records, the building was built in the 1920s and has kitchens in the basement and on the fourth floor. A dining area occupies the first through third floors, with offices on the fifth and sixth.

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