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Corning Tower evacuated after small fire

A small fire in an elevator motor on the 43rd floor at the Corning Tower this morning forced the eva
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A small fire in an elevator motor on the 43rd floor at the Corning Tower this morning forced the evacuation of the building.

Deputy Fire Chief David Tidings said the fire was quickly extinguished and all employees safely returned to the building.

The call came in at 7:18 a.m and the evacuation was in progress when firefighters arrived at 7:22 a.m., officials said.

Tidings said the elevator motor was on the 43rd floor of the building and there was heavy smoke when firefighters arrived. Wear and tear and an overheated belt or coil in the motor led to the fire, said Tidings.

Firefighters who responded this morning to the Corning Tower had completed high-rise training in January, which helped in today’s response, said Tidings.

“Instead of single companies, we are having multiple companies work together. We need a lot of bodies to do a lot of work in a short time to isolate the fire. The training paid off, ” he said.

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