Three-Alarm Blaze in the East Village Under Control; 5 Businesses Destroyed, Pets Safe
There was a pretty big fire at 14th Street and Avenue A earlier today. Fireblog has pictures. The blaze, which started around 10 am and affected Stuyvesant Deli, Pete's-A-Place, Rainbow, and Jackson Hewitt, among other neighboring stores, seems to now be under control.
Per an EV Grieve reader,
"The fire started in Pete's-a-Place and spread -- flames were shooting up from the roof. I talked to the son of the grocery store owner and he said everyone was okay. The firemen broke out the windows of the grocery store, tax place, pizza place, and hair salon and sprayed water in the stores as well as on the roof."
Per DNA Info, "Officials put the blaze at 509 East 14th Street, but it was not immediately known in which store the fire started. The fire hit three alarms by 11:02 a.m. Nearly 140 firefighters responded to the blaze. No injuries were reported."
No word yet on what caused the fire, but we hear it may be considered "suspicious." Also, an assistant manager at Rainbow is worried the clothes are going to stink but ... um ... no comment.
Update: Blarney Cove is okay and asking folks to come tie one on with them tonight.
Update 2: The latest, from 1010 WINS, is that five businesses have been completely destroyed by the fire, with traffic in the area a problem as firefighters continue to work to put out the flames. No serious injuries have been reported, but two firefighters sustained minor injuries.
(Heartwarming) Update 3: Firemen made sure all the pets in evacuated buildings were safe.