FDNY responds to fire at US government building in Lower Manhattan

David Caplan
August 15, 2019 - 2:47 pm

David Caplan

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The FDNY responded to a fire at federal government building in Lower Manhattan's Hudson Square neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

The 12-story Art Deco office building houses the Department of Homeland Security's New York Passport Agency office, an immigration court, a post office and other agency offices. 

The fire was an electrical fire near a generator in the basement, according to a Homeland Security officer at the scene. 

The first floor of the building was evacuated.

As people remained lined up outside the building on Hudson Street waiting to get a passport, firefighters marched in and out of the building and trucks were lined up along Hudson Street on the building's west side, and on Houston Street, on the building's north side. 

Ambulances were also on the scene. 

Earlier this week, firefighters battled a blaze just a couple blocks away at St. John's Terminal, which is the future home of Google.