City fines NYU Langone contractor following massive fire

Contractor allegedly didn't safeguard flammable material

NYU Langone Medical (credit: NYU)
NYU Langone Medical (credit: NYU)

The city’s Department of Buildings has hit a contractor at the NYU Langone Medical Center construction site with fines related to a massive fire on the property on Wednesday.

The contractor allegedly failed to safeguard flammable materials on the site, leading to insulation material catching fire, DNAinfo reported. NYU is in the process of renovating the campus, work that includes building outpatient care facilities in the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion and the Tisch Hospital.

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Before the fire, contractors working on the renovations at 424 East 34th Street have incurred $75,000 in fines at the site. The amount of the latest fine was not immediately clear.

The blaze started while workers were cutting metal on the property. A spark flew onto some roof insulation material on the seventh floor, setting the site ablaze.

In April, NYU inked a 30-year lease for all 25 floors of 222 East 41st in Midtown East. [DNAinfo] — Kathryn Brenzel