The Fire Damage to the Germania Bank Building Rooftop on the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Posted on: August 10th, 2016 at 5:13 am by

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The copper cheneau was devastated after the fire

The Germania Bank Building on the Bowery is licking its wounds this week after a rooftop fire sparked Monday evening. Cause of the blaze is not yet known, but several tipsters indicated hearing an explosion followed by a cacophony of sirens (possible propane tank?).

Luckily, no one was injured, and damage to the building at large was minimal. Yet the same cannot necessarily be said for the iconic copper cheneau crowning 190 Bowery. A portion of the ornamental lining on the southwest corner appears destroyed.

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By the end of yesterday, the cheneau was repaired

Readers submitted photos purporting to show the extent of fire damage on the rooftop. Workers spent the interim hours patching the cornice as seen in the photo above.

As of today, there are no violations or citations listed on the Department of Buildings website. We did, however, spy inspectors floating around the area yesterday morning. It’ll be interesting to see if this incident at all affects occupancy. The Great Bowery – a consortium of creative agencies – is currently the only commercial occupant in the building, now owned by Aby Rosen.

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