All-Hands Fire at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish


Make text smaller Make text larger


No injuries in a blaze on the Upper East Side


Photos



  • A fire started on the roof of a building at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish on East 83rd Street on Tues., May 9. Photo: Lawrence Sullivan



An all-hands fire at a St. Ignatius Loyola Parish building on East 83rd Street sent clouds of black smoke into the air over the Upper East Side on Tuesday afternoon before firefighters controlled the blaze. There were no injuries in the fire.

The fire started on the roof of 53 East 83rd Street, between Madison and Park Avenues, an FDNY spokesperson said. A representative of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish said that the building, which is normally used as a residence for priests, had been undergoing renovations and was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Students and staff at the nearby Loyola School were evacuated for precautionary reasons.

The FDNY received a call reporting the fire at 2:03 p.m. and declared the fire under control at 2:33 p.m.

Witness Lawrence Sullivan said he “saw smoke pouring out of the top of the building” from his office window, which faces the parish building, and rushed to street level.

“By the time I got downstairs the ladders were already up the side of the building and there were half a dozen firefighters on the roof,” Sullivan said. “It was amazing how quickly they got there.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Make text smaller Make text larger

MUST READ NEWS

Image Car attacks remain a threat
Thwarting vehicular attacks remains difficult, experts say
Image Floodwalls for Manhattan?
City outlines infrastructure options to combat downtown storm surge
Image Books on the B train (and other lines)
“Take it, read it and return it”: two women bring a mobile library project to the New York subway system
Image Dining for dollars
Where Manhattan politicians court donors and raise campaign cash
Image Transitioning

EAST SIDE OBSERVER

BY ARLENE KAYATT

Where the bus doesn’t stop — Riders who take the uptown M101, M102, M103 on 14th Street and Third Ave may...

VIDEOS


Sign up to get our newsletter emailed to you every week!

  • Enter your email address in the box below.
  • Select the newsletters you would like to subscribe to.
  • Click the 'SUBSCRIBE' button.

Comments



MOST COMMENTED