The UN Secretariat in New York was evacuated earlier at 11 a.m. due to reports of fire. More than 2,000 staff and guests were asked to join the full evacuations at the UN headquarters.
The staff were quickly allowed back into the buildings after the evacuations, however. There are also no abnormal activities reported in the surrounding Turtle Bay neighborhood.
Voice of America UN Correspondent Margaret Besheer tweeted an update, quoting UN spokesperson to clarify that there was no fire that took place in the UN building. She posted: ”@UN_Spokesperson says there was no fire at #UN today, but a fire alarm went off in a basement fan room & building evacuated as precaution.”
Before that, she also tweeted developments of the feared fire and the evacuations. She said in an earlier tweet: “Fire alarm announcement at #UN, even Security Council is evacuating mid-meeting…” Then followed it up with another tweet: “All clear given at #UN.”
Several programs were interrupted due to the reported fire and people were evacuated quickly as precautionary measure. Staff and guests took to Twitter to discuss about the fire, the evacuation, then the “non-fire” clarification and their return to the UN building and offices, and to business as usual after the brief interruption.