New York City’s Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty, was being evacuated Monday around noon after propane tanks erupted into a fire, according to multiple witnesses and reports.
FDNY told Metro there were three propane tanks involved in a fire at a construction site on the north side of Liberty Island, where a construction project is underway. “Island is being evacuated at this time. There are no injuries,” a spokesman said via email.
The fire and evacuation were first reported on Citizen app. At first, the tanks were thought to be inside the Statue of Liberty, though officials FDNY later confirmed the fire was not inside the iconic New York landmark.
"It appears that three 100lb propane tanks are on fire," Citizen reported at 11:59 p.m, later adding that firefighters were setting up a staging area near Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan.
CBS New York shared live video of the fire via Facebook Live. Watch the video below:
FDNY also shared news of the Liberty Island fire and evacuation on Twitter.
#FDNY members are operating on scene on the north side of Liberty Island - 3 propane cylinders on fire at a construction site. There are currently no injuries reported. The area is being evacuated.
— FDNY (@FDNY) August 27, 2018
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