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Firefighters Battle Blaze Near Rockefeller Center in New York

By NBCNewYork.com

A fire at a midtown restaurant brought traffic to a halt on Fifth Avenue near Rockefeller Plaza as firefighters responded to heavy flames and smoke coming through the roof, officials say.

The blaze at TGIFriday's at 604 Fifth Ave. broke out just before 9 p.m., according the FDNY. There appeared to be some sort of malfunction while crews were working on a duct in the basement, and a fire was sparked, quickly shooting through the duct up to the roof.

Image: Heavy smoke and flames are seen shooting from the top of a building on Fifth Avenue across from Rock Center
Heavy smoke and flames are seen shooting from the top of a building on Fifth Avenue across from Rockefeller Center in New York City. Erika Masonhall / @ErikaMasonhall via Twitter

More than a hundred firefighters were on the scene Friday night to battle the three-alarm blaze.

A few dozen patrons were inside the restaurant when the fire broke out. They were taken out of the building.

There was no report of any injuries