A two-alarm fire broke out in the basement of Macy’s flagship store Friday night, sending plumes of smoke into the air and forcing shoppers and store clerks outside while firefighters brought the blaze under control.
No one was injured in the fire that broke out about 8:15 p.m. at the iconic department store on 34th Street, fire department spokesman Jim Long said. The fire was extinguished in about an hour. Fire marshals are investigating the cause, Long said.
Macy’s spokeswoman Elina Kazan said customers were allowed back in to gather their personal belongings after the scene was cleared.
Long said 25 units and 106 firefighters responded. He said sprinklers in the building kept the blaze from spreading.
The store, in Manhattan’s Herald Square, has over 1 million square-feet of retail space.