At least one person was injured and Liberty Island was evacuated this morning after a propane tank fire in a construction area.
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) August 27, 2018
An FDNY spokesperson said the fire started around 11:45 a.m. Monday. Three propane tanks near a work area on the island caught fire during "some type of construction" happening there. NBC notes that the fire started near where a new museum is being constructed.
One person, who is believed to be one of the workers, was injured; he is expected to survive.
— Reena Roy (@reenaroy) August 27, 2018
The entire island was evacuated as of 12:30 p.m. Firefighters and emergency crews are still at the scene as of 1:15 p.m. dealing with the second alarm blaze. Fire marshals will conduct an investigation once it is under control.
You can see the evacuation happen in the video below:
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) August 27, 2018
Tourists were being told there would be no more shuttles to the island today, as one told the Daily News: “The guy said there is an emergency at the statue so there are no more trips today. I’m disappointed but we’ll come back tomorrow."
Liberty Island is being evacuated after a propane fire on a construction site. Here at Liberty State Park people are being told the ferries are out of service. Boats packed with people are off in the distance being brought back. pic.twitter.com/acBrgRUgNe
— Kevin Rincon (@KevRincon) August 27, 2018