Welder sparks New York WTC alarm

2012-08-08 16:57
New York City Fire Department firefighters read a newspaper after responding to reports of a fire at the One World Trade Centre tower in New York. (Stan Honda, AFP)

New York City Fire Department firefighters read a newspaper after responding to reports of a fire at the One World Trade Centre tower in New York. (Stan Honda, AFP)

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New Tork - Dozens of New York firefighters rushed to the World Trade Centre skyscraper early Wednesday after a member of the public mistook welding for a fire.

Initial reports from the New York Fire Department suggested a minor blaze on the 88th floor of One World Trade Centre, the centrepiece in the project to replace the Twin Towers destroyed in the 11 September, 2001 terrorist attacks.

A spokesperson told AFP the fire was brought under control in less than an hour.

Subsequently the department said that 84 firefighters had been dispatched to the still unfinished tower after a member of the public reported seeing a fire.

However, the incident took place in an area where construction workers have been welding steel and the incident appeared to have been no more than "a flash", the spokesperson said.

However this was not a false alarm. "There was an incident at the scene. Calling us on 911 was necessary", the department spokesperson said.

Nearly 3 000 people died during the 11 September, 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers and security at the new site is always high.

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