Yesterday’s Fire on the Lower East Side

Yesterday's Fire on the LES

Yesterday’s Fire on the LES

I couldn’t find any information on this fire yesterday (which is likely a good thing), but it was dramatic in the clear morning sky at the bottom of First Avenue.

Around 8:20 a.m. as I made my way into work, myself and many other New Yorkers could see the dark gray plumes emanating from what appeared to be a chimney in a housing project on the Lower East Side beween Houston and Stanton.

By the time I reached the subway station at Houston and First Avenue, the first of the fire trucks was beginning to arrive.

A brief search of the news hasn’t revealed any details so I’m assuming it was a trash fire that was containable. The building appeared to be in working order – at least from a distance – late yesterday afternoon.

A much different event to be sure, but the fire did bring back flashbacks of 9/11 with the silhouette of a tall, distant, smoky building against a blue sky. Today’s release of results of the study done in 2003-2004 regarding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the effects of the WTC disaster seems apropos.

Fire in the LES

From Houston Street


June 13th, 2008

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