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Firefighters Battle Electrical Fire at NBC Headquarters

October 10, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ A fire at the 70-story GE building that houses NBC’s headquarters created heavy smoke and forced employees to evacuate early today.

About 225 firefighters battled the blaze, which was believed to have started in a 10th-floor electrical closet at the TV studios of local affiliate WNBC.

The initial fire was extinguished, but additional blazes were reported on the fifth floor and in a sub-basement, both involving the building’s electrical system, said Fire Department spokesman Jack Thompson.

He said there were no reports of injuries. CNN, however, reported that two women were treated for smoke inhalation.

Fred Syvertsen, a maintenance worker, said he got a complaint about smoke from personnel on the seventh floor shortly before 4 a.m.

``We went down to the fifth and smoke coming out of the vents big time,″ Syvertsen said. ``That’s when we decided to get out.″

The GE Building, at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, also houses the famous Rainbow Room restaurant.

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