Rooftop on Fire Near Penn Station: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A rooftop fire on 34th street across the street from New York City’s Penn Station disturbed people’s morning commutes this morning and block traffic. The Fire Department confirmed that the fire happened at 245 West 34th Street.

Here is what you need to know about the fire that may have interrupted your morning:

1. A Rooftop is On Fire on 34th Street

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During today’s morning commute, pedestrians to took Twitter to report a large fire and multiple fire trucks directly across the street from Penn Station. The New York Times reported that almost 600,000 people use Penn Station every day.

2. 34th Street is Blocked in Both Directions

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As of 10 a.m., the fire is has not been put out but the Fire Department told that it was under control. It was a two alarm fire and it is not immediately known how many units responded to the fire.

3. People Exiting Penn Station Should Use Caution

4. The One Story Burning Building is Supposed to Become a High Rise

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On March 13, permits were filed to turn 245 West 34th Street, the building currently on fire, into a 17-story mixed-use development.

The plan for the space is to create a 180-unit hotel and retail space. Demolition permits were filed in early March and the new building is expected to open in spring 2015, according to New York Yimby.

5. There is a Ton of Smoke

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Pedestrians around the area of the fire complained on Twitter of a terrible smell and thick smoke around 34th street between 7th and 8th Avenue.