Firefighters battled a smoky three-alarm blaze that broke out underneath Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport Saturday afternoon.
The FDNY responded to the tourist hotspot around 4 p.m. to fight a blaze that spread throughout the far end of the undercarriage of the Seaport, where roughly 500 people were enjoying the beautiful summer weather, FDNY officials said.
“It’s hard to get to,” one smoke-eater said while 140 firefighters were on scene fighting the flames. “The fire is still going, it’s stubborn.”
“I saw flames going up, I thought it was an entire ship that was caught on fire,” said one Seaport security guard.
Firefighters used chainsaws to cut about eight holes – about four feet wide by eight feet long – to access the hard-to-get-to flames, said FDNY Spokesman Jim Long.
“The pier is very thick, it’s got thick, old wood,” said Battalion 1 Fire Chief John Sarrocco. “We have to cut away all the wood and get down in below.”
Heavy smoke limited visibility while the FDNY used a two-sided attack – on land and in the water – to put out the fire.
“It could have been a disaster,” Long said, “Look at how many people are out here.”
Source: NY Daily News