Observation deck fire at Rockefeller Plaza hurts 6

The GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC. Photo / Wiki Commons / Steve Strummer
The GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC. Photo / Wiki Commons / Steve Strummer

Six people, including a child, suffered slight burns when a piece of camera equipment caught fire inside the observation deck of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City fire officials say.

A fire department spokesman says the fire started just after 7:30pm Sunday local time (11.30am Monday NZT) and was under control about a half hour later. He says the injuries were caused by embers from the fire falling onto the victims.

Five adults at the scene refused medical attention and the child, whose age was not immediately known, was taken to a nearby hospital. There was no word on what caused the fire.

The 70-story, Art Deco-style GE Building opened in 1933. It is the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan and home to the NBC television network.

- AP

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