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Port Authority: Incident At One World Trade Center False Alarm

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A report of a fire Wednesday morning at the Word Trade Center construction site turned out to be someone welding.

WCBS 880's Peter Haskell On The Story


Nearly 90 firefighters responded to the call shortly after 7:30 a.m. at One World Trade Center on a report of a smoke condition on the 88th floor.

But Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman told WCBS 880 that it was a false alarm called in by a member of the public.

One World Trade Center
The FDNY responds to a reported condition at One World Trade Center - New York, NY - Aug 8, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

FDNY Battalion Chief Kevin Brennan told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell that there were flames on the upper floores of the building, caused by welding equipment.

He said that once the equipment was turned off, the flames disappeared.

From the CBS Radio studios on Hudson Street, no smoke could be seen coming from the tower.

Nobody was injured.

For those working in the area, it was a frightening morning. Just the word "fire" along with "World Trade Center" can get hearts pounding.

"I think back to 9/11," Lou Lavitte, who works near the site, told Haskell. "Right now I'm getting chills just thinking about it."

NYC OEM told WCBS 880 that road closures and traffic delays were to be expected in the area.

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