Macy's fire: Iconic Manhattan store fire saved by store's sprinklers

Posted: 10/28/2013

A fire at Macy's Department store on 34th Street in Manhattan's Herald Square cleared the store on Friday night as plumes of smoke billowed out of the basement and up to other floors. This two-alarm fire sent shoppers and clerks alike running into the street, according to ABC News on Oct. 26.

The fire broke out at the iconic Macy's store a little after eight and the store was filled with shoppers. Everyone got out without injury and folks were let back in to collect their personal belongings once the fire was extinguished.

NYC Fire Department spokesperson Jim Long said 25 units and 106 firefighters responded to the Macy's fire. The blaze was in the basement and the store's sprinkler system kept the blaze from spreading onto the upper floors of the store. It was the store's sprinklers that actually saved the store because it stopped the fire from spreading.

This is Macy's flagship store, it has over one million square-feet of retail space. The Seventh Avenue side of the store, which covers the entire block, was seen with heavy smoke billowing out of the building.

This Macy's store might be located in NYC, but it is America's Macy's store. This location is most famous out of all the Macy's, as this is their flagship store. You've heard about this Macy's locations in movies, especially Christmas stories through the years.

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