Smoke billows from the Tiffany & Co basement in Manhattan (Pictures: Citizen)
An electrical fire has broken out at the Tiffany & Co headquarters in New York City.
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) first responders rushed to the scene on Thursday morning at the luxury jeweler’s building on Fifth Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan.
The fire broke out in the building’s basement around 10.00am, just as staff were preparing for the store’s opening.
After arriving firefighters determined the blaze originated in a ‘utility vault’ inside the basement, the FDNY told Metro.co.uk.
The FDNY deployed 14 units with 80 first responders to the scene. At least two civilians were transported to the hospital from the blaze, the FDNY said. Their condition is currently unknown.
It is unclear if the injured civilians were employees at Tiffany’s or shoppers.
Photos and video from the scene show black plumes of smoke pouring from grates on the street.
The fire comes only two months after the iconic New York City jeweler renovated its building, which was first built in 1940.
The iconic jeweler’s flagship store was closed from 2019 to April 2023 for the renovation. Tiffany & Co President and CEO Anthony Ledru called the reopening ‘a major milestone for our House.’
The new building was unveiled in an opulent grand opening ceremony on April 26, attended by celebrities including Katy Perry, Hailey Bieber and Blake Lively.
The newly renovated building houses a high-end restaurant, a museum space, and stunning views of Manhattan and Central Park.
Wonder Woman actress and Tiffany brand ambassador Gal Gadot presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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