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Macy’s Herald Sq. Fire “Sprinkler System Kept the Fire from Spreading”

The Macy's Herald Sq. sprinkler system saves lives. On October 26th, 2013 a fire which broke out at the world famous Macy's department store in Herald Square, NYC was brough under control without the loss of life. FDNY spokesman Jim Long, was quoted as saying "the building’s sprinkler system kept the fire from spreading".

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“the building’s sprinkler system kept the fire from spreading”, FDNY spokesman Jim Long

A small blaze broke out in Macy’s flagship store in midtown Friday night, but the fire was contained before it could cause any serious damage, officials said.

FDNY officials said the fire started in a basement mechanical room inside the Herald Square store at about 8:15 p.m. When heavy smoke started pouring through the vents, the building was evacuated, officials said.

Firefighters inspect the site of the fire at the Macy's Herald Square store. FDNY officials say the fire started in a basement mechanical room around 8:15 p.m. Friday.

More than 100 firefighters put the fire out without incident, and the building's sprinkler system kept the fire from spreading, said FDNY spokesman Jim Long.

No one was injured.

A Macy’s spokeswoman said customers were allowed back in to pick up their belongings once the fire was out, but the store closed for the rest of the night.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation Friday night.

The building was evacuated and it took less than an hour for the fire to subside. Customers were permitted to retrieve their belongings, but the store was closed for the rest of the night; firefighters say no serious damage was done.

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