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.
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.