Fire On 88th Floor Of 1 World Trade Center Was False Alarm

One World Trade CenterFire Department of New YorkPort Authority of New York and New Jersey

The fire reported Wednesday morning on the 88th floor of the still-under construction tower of One World Trade Center turned out to be a false alarm.

Calls about the fire came into the FDNY at about 7:45 a.m. and reports say about 90 firefighters responded to the scene.

"After a thorough search of the building, and as reported by the City's Office of Emergency Management, 'FDNY has concluded their search with negative results (no fire found).' OEM operations concluded at 8:29 a.m.," according to a statement from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The Port Authority owns and operates the 16-acre World Trade Center site, along with some of New York and New Jersey's major airports, bridges and tunnels.

Reports say a welder's torch may have sparked the false alarm. The structure was not evacuated and no injuries were reported.

But just over two months ago, that same top section of One World Trade Center did go up in flames.

On Saturday, June 2, construction workers reported a fire on the tower's 89th floor at 7:15 a.m. Flames shot up through the core of the structure and reached as high as the 91st floor.

Workers contained the flames with extinguishers and a garden hose until firefighters were able to pump water up the high-rise.

According to officials, this fire only damaged a temporary wood structure and not the building, itself.

Authorities say that when One World Trade Center is complete and occupied, there will be a plan in place that will allow firefighters faster and easier access to all parts of the tower.

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