Authorities: Ground zero fire report a false alarm

Authorities: Ground zero fire report a false alarm

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: One World Trade Center (left) is viewed from Three World Tade Center on June 25, 2012 in New York City. A ceremony was held at Four World Trade Center as the last steel beam was hoisted 977 feet to the top of the building. The trapezoidal glass and steel office building, which is designed as an architectural backdrop to the September 11 Memorial, is scheduled to open in 2013. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Posted on August 8, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 5:52 AM

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.

 

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