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Times Square fire shuts down surrounding streets as FDNY probes damage; two injured

Posted at 5:39 AM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 08:28:52-05

TIMES SQUARE – Firefighters have contained a fire in Times Square but are assessing the damage to two buildings.

It began about 4:47 a.m. at 723 Seventh Ave, inside the duct work at TSQ Brasserie on the first floor, FDNY said. It then spread to 725 Seventh Ave, the 4-story building next door.

The fire was placed under control just after 6 a.m. Two people received minor injuries.

Seventh Avenue is closed between 48th and 49th streets. The 49th St N, R & W train station is unaffected.

New York City Office of Emergency Management says people nearby should close their windows and avoid the area due to smoke inhalation.