A major fire reportedly broke out at the iconic Carmine’s restaurant in New York City’s Times Square.
The New York City Fire Department and New York City Police Department responded to the scene.
In a statement, Carmine’s restaurant said a transformer outside of the restaurant on 44th street started the fire and that there were no injuries or fatalities due to the fire.
Despite the fire, the restaurant’s management says they hope to re-open by Friday night.
via NBC New York:
A worker at the scene tells News 4 he and colleagues were in the basement when one of his co-workers noticed a small fire around 7:30 a.m. He says they were about to call the fire department when suddenly, “it just blew up.”
The restaurant was evacuated. Photos from the scene showed a major emergency response. Witnesses said nearby theaters were shrouded in smoke.
The restaurant, favorited by tourists and locals alike, said it would be closed for lunch Friday as a result of the fire. All reservations were being re-routed to its sister restaurant Virgil’s. It hopes to reopen for dinner.
“We are working fast to get the restaurant in shape, and hopefully we will be able to open for dinner tonight,” Carmine’s said in a statement.
That is all the information available at this time. This article will be updated with further relevant facts and information should they become available.