A smoky two-alarm high rise fire in the Tiffany & Co. building on Union Square shut down Post Street and sent nine firefighters to the hospital.
The fire was reported at 6:55 p.m. after smoke was seen billowing out of the top of the building at 360 Post, right on Union Square, said fire Lt. Ken Smith. Some 100 firefighters responded and found heavy smoke throughout the building. The fire was finally discovered in a utility closet in the buidling’s basement, he said.
The fire was extinguished by 7:25 p.m.
Smoke had risen through the elevator shaft and filled the rest of the building. Nine firefighters were taken to a local hospital for evaluation for possible smoke inhalation.
The Tiffany store may have escaped serious damage, but could remain closed Thursday because a large amount of smoke entered the business, Smith said. The store occupies the first two floors of the building, while offices occupy the nine floors above it. The store is completely closed off from the rest of the building and the two have separate entrances. The store has no connection to the elevator shaft that was a conduit for the smoke, so as smoke rose from the basement, the store may have been spared, Smith said.