Huge Fire at Avenue A and East Houston

Posted on: July 8th, 2010 at 5:53 pm by

Fireblog is reporting on a three-alarm inferno at the corner of Avenue A and East Houston. Address is 240 East Houston. This photo, nabbed from Twitpic, is quite scary. What are you seeing out there? Send us your pics and reports!

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[Photo Credit: Josh Spear]

UPDATE: One tipster is reporting that the blaze might be spreading to Red Square.

UPDATE: fire seems to be under control but the scent is still pretty pungent. Choppers are buzzing up above. Red Square residents on the roof gawking. Whole fleet of first responders present.

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UPDATE 6:33: northbound traffic on Essex Street above Delancey has been blocked.

UPDATE 6:40: From his perch high above the fire (presumably in The Ludlow), Josh Spear claims “25 Minutes from fire to no fire. Ridiculously impressive.” Gothamist digs up the DOB permits for the address which show illegal construction of scaffolding. Might be culprit in blaze.

UPDATE 7:20: we overheard one firefighter say that the whole roof is gone. The early word is no one was badly hurt. Cause of fire is still unknown.

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