Balcony Fire in a Tribeca High-Rise Was 'Minutes' Away from Spreading
By Carl Glassman, Jul. 29, 2022
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.
Firefighters battled 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 operation.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, officials said.Notices posted in the building's hallways in April by the complex's Stellar Management warned of “numerous complaints” from tenants “who have found lit cigarettes