Three hurt in NYC Hilton electrical explosion

Hotel News - 14/06/2012

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An electrical explosion severely shook a major New York City hotel on Wednesday.

Reports said that three people were injured when a blast in the basement of the Hilton hotel at the intersection Sixth Avenue and West 54th Street shook the entire neighbourhood and knocked out the power supply for hours.

According to a spokesman for the New York City fire department (FDNY), two of the injured were hotel employees that were working on the facility's electrical equipment in the basement when the explosion took place at around 1:10pm local time. One of the men was rushed to a nearby hospital for burn treatment while another had suffered minor head injuries and was treated at the scene.

Several people were forced to wait more than 30 minutes in the hotel’s elevator when the power failed until fire crews were able to open the doors. One woman reportedly hyperventilated amid the ordeal and was treated by medics at the scene.

Hotel staff said that guests were provided with drinking water and pizza whilst crew worked to restore power in the area. However, some guests were seen moving to other area hotels whilst others reported being somewhat annoyed by the situation.

Forty-year-old Tony Thompson said to the New York Daily News that it was a “bit of an inconvenience” as he and his wife were trying to celebrate a birthday when the explosion took place.

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