Fire causes smoke at Penn Station in Manhattan


PUBLISHED Tue, November 08, 2016 - 5:32pm EST
Credit: Kayla Shults


A fire broke out at Pennsylvania Station in New York City just before rush hour on Tuesday afternoon, local officials and witnesses say. No injuries were immediately reported and the fire has now been extinguished. (more)





The incident happened just before 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday when a fire broke out near the LIRR tracks at Penn Station, causing smoke to spread across a portion of the busy station. It is believed the fire involved a trash can.

Emergency services responded to the scene and the fire was quickly extinguished, witnesses say. There were no immediate reports of injuries and rail services have not been disrupted by the incident.

Because it happened at Penn Station on Election Day, the small fire briefly caused some concern among travelers and people who heard the news on social media. However, while the cause of the fire is unknown, there is no indication of a criminal act.

New York Penn Station is the main intercity railroad station in New York City, serving more than 600,000 customers a day, making it the busiest passenger transportation facility in North America.

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