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Published on : Thursday, May 19, 2016
Fire marshals confirmed that the fire was not an accident and it was caused because of spilled fuel on hot generator while it was getting filled. A central column designed with lattice-like steel, which is holding the elevated tracks, was severely damaged because of the monstrous fire. Six temporary steel columns have been installed by the engineers. Fire officials informed that several propane tanks got ignited and the bolts were popping out like gunshots.
Gov. Cuomo said, “It generated a tremendous amount of heat. So much heat that it actually bent the steel girders that support the overpass. You can see the main column itself actually bent.”
Fire Department NY Chief James Leonard informed, “We evacuated buildings on both sides of the avenue. There were two 4-foot construction trailers and they’ve been destroyed.”
160 fire-fighters and 39 fire-units managed to get the fire under control, by 8:25 in the evening on Tuesday.
Although no injuries or causalities have been reported yet, the daily commuters and tourists got stranded at the Grand Central terminal for hours. Tourists had to consider alternative means of commute, but there were not enough options for thousands of commuters to reach their destinations.
Authorities assured that train services will be normalized by Friday.