Fire in a Tribeca High-Rise Was 'Minutes' Away from Spreading
By Carl Glassman, Jul.
A fire on the balcony of a 39-story high-rise in Tribeca on
Friday filled the hallways of several floors with smoke, but was only minutes
away from becoming much worse, a fire official said. No injuries were reported.
Twenty units and nearly 80 firefighters responded around 5:50
p.m. to the blaze on a 32nd floor apartment balcony of 80 North Moore Street,
one of three towers in the Independence Plaza complex. It took about 30 minutes
to bring the flames under control, a Fire Department spokesman said.
the blaze as it was burning the terrace door, 1st Battalion Chief Gary Cline
told the Trib. “A few more minutes and it would have been a very different
story. It would have burned through the door,” said Cline, who commanded the
The cause of the fire is under investigation, officials said.