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A fire broke out this morning at Tiffany’s luxury goods store in New York, No casualties have been reported so far.
New York City Councilman Keith Powers, representative of the East Side in the Mayor’s Office, pointed out that the probable cause of the fire, which was declared before the opening of the premises, is the explosion of an electrical transformer.
It coincides with the information provided by the ABC7 channel, which indicates that the Con Edison company has been requested at the scene to open an investigation immediately.
A representative for Tiffany & Co. confirmed in a statement that an electrical fire started in the basement.
“This morning, before store opening hours, an electrical fire broke out in the basement on the periphery of the Tiffany Landmark on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The fire has since been extinguished and we are working with the New York Fire Department to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our employees and customers.”, the statement says.
“The store is expected to open later today after inspection by the fire marshal,” he added.
The place where Tiffany’s is located, which was made famous in the 1961 Audrey Hepburn film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“, is right next to the Trump Tower and the Louis Vuitton house, just two blocks from Central Park, attracts thousands of passers-by, customers of these stores or simply curious every day.
The fire has been declared in this headquarters that had just reopened last April after four years of work.
The luxury store touted the restorations as the first “comprehensive renovation” of the store since it opened in 1940.
Numerous people posted images on the networks where thick black smoke is seen filtering under the main entrance to Fifth Avenue, without the company providing details of any damage suffered.
Alfonso Quiroz, a spokesman for Con Edison, said Thursday afternoon that no outages were reported due to the fire.
Con Edison crews were working on underground electrical equipment and making repairs, Quiroz said.
With information from EFE