We’re hearing reports that there’s a school bus or another vehicle on fire at 35th Street and 7th Avenue, near Macy’s. The Corcoran Group has Tweeted a photo, saying, “A truck is on fire outside Macys on 7th Avenue, sounds of explosions nearby.”
The FDNY tells us there is smoke in the area at 7th and 42nd Street, but they don’t have confirmation on it being a school bus. “We have companies on the scene and it is developing,” we were told. The call came in at 8:33 this morning.
According to @NYScanner, no injuries have been reported. We’ll update as we have more information.
Update: 34th Street appears to be completely closed with fire trucks in front of Penn Station.
The vehicle does appear to be a small school bus, and, per amNewYork:
“A school bus caught fire on 7th Ave. b/w 8th and 9th. FDNY tell us no injuries, bus was empty.”
Here’s a photo from @MeierGroupNYC:
The FDNY confirms that there are no injuries, and no ambulance was needed — the bus was empty. It was “a small fire handled by one ladder,” they told us, and not suspicious or terrorism-related.
Additionally, “due to a rail condition at the 34th Street-Penn Station, please expect delays in downtown trains at this time,” reports the MTA.
Update 2: Here’s video of the bus on fire.
This could have been worse, apparently: DNAinfo quotes a witness as saying everyone got off the bus just in time.
NY1 reports that 7th Avenue has reopened and the bus fire has been cleared.