In case you missed it… the South Street Seaport Pier 17 fire on Saturday, July 14th 2012, New York City.
It was NY City of Water Day and I happened to be on the Hidden Harbors tour on the NY Waterway ferry at the time the fire started. Camera in hand, I was able to capture these amazing images upon our approach to the Brooklyn Bridge….
From WNYC: The three-alarm fire that broke out around 4:00 p.m. and involved a soda vending machine at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 was extinguished by 5:20 p.m., according to the NYPD. The fire was caused by wiring under the pier that powered lighting and vending machines, according to a statement from fire officials.
The FDNY marine unit and fireboats on the scene doused water on the fire from the East River. The Coast Guard had been called in. In all, approximately 140 firefighters responded to the blaze.
Battalion Chief John Sarrocco said flames enveloped a 100-foot stretch of Pier 17, which was teeming with several hundred people when the fire broke out. Firefighters used chain saws to remove planks of old timber to get to the flames.