Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at NYU Langone Medical Center early Wednesday afternoon.
Smoke billowed over the East River from 560 First Ave., part of a construction site within the medical complex.
There were 106 firefighters who responded to the blaze and got it under control shortly before 1 p.m., FDNY officials said. One person was treated for minor injuries.
The fire broke out on the seventh floor of the site, according to NYU Langone.
NYU Langone is in the middle of construction on the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion, an 830,000-square-foot building alongside its flagship Tisch Hospital. The project's cost is $1.4 billion, according to the organization's most recent financial statements, and the pavilion is scheduled to open in 2018.
“The fire was confined to the construction site and was extinguished at approximately 12:45 p.m.,” an NYU Langone spokeswoman said in an email. “During this time, hospital operations did not cease. As a precaution, some patients in rooms on the north side of Tisch Hospital facing the construction were moved to the south side of the floor.”
Patients have since returned to their rooms and NYU Langone is investigating the cause and extent of the damage, she said.
"Fire breaks out at NYU Langone Medical Center" originally appeared in Crain's New York Business.