The sight of smoke coming out of Grand Central Terminal yesterday afternoon caused some to panic given the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels earlier in the day.
But thankfully, the fire was relatively minor and limited to the Junior’s Cheesecake kitchen in the station’s underground food hall, reports CBS New York.
The fire began at around 2 p.m. and was under control by 2:30 pm, according to NBC New York. Firefighters at the scene said no one was hurt.
Grand Central worker Rich DiBari told CBS New York, “There were some flames coming out by the kitchen door – it looked like the back section over the grill. It was just engulfed in flames.”
Though the fire itself was minor, thick plumes of smoke billowed out of the station and onto the streets, a sight captured by witnesses nearby. Witness Calvin Kale tweeted, “Heavy smoke pouring out of Grand Central,” with an image of the scene.