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UPDATE: Reported Fire at One World Trade Center Likely a False Alarm

Posted: Aug 8, 2012 8:08 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Aug 8, 2012 8:24 AM

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UPDATE, 8:22 a.m.:

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say a fire on the 88th floor of the New York City skyscraper under construction at ground zero is likely a false alarm.

Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, says the fire report was called in by a member of the public Wednesday and is believed to be a false alarm. The report was thought to be related to welding at One Word Trade Center.

The fire department says the situation "probably will hold."

Last week, a steel beam signed by President Barack Obama was lifted into place at the top of the 104-story skyscraper that's being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It's expected to be completed in 2014.

KOMU's earlier story:

MANHATTAN - A fire on the 88th floor of the One World Trade Center at ground zero drew emergency workers to the scene Wednesday morning, though no injuries were reported and crews did not evacuate the building.

Officials have yet to release much information regarding the amount of damage to the new building, which occupies the site of the former World Trade Center towers. Smoke and flames were not visibile from the outside.

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