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NY: 2 Workers Injured in Hilton Electrical Blast

New York, NY:  An electrical explosion rocked the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan  Wednesday, leaving three people with injuries and knocking power out for hours,  officials said.  Two workers tending to an electrical panel in the basement of the hotel at  Sixth Ave. and W. 54th St. were hurt in the 1:10 p.m. blast, the FDNY said.  One man was treated at the scene for a head injury and the other was taken  to NY Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center to be treated for minor burns to  his hands, FDNY officials said.

When the power cut off, a total of nine people were stuck in two elevator  cars for nearly 30 minutes, officials said. One woman who was trapped was  treated for hyperventilation at the scene after firefighters got them out, the  FDNY said.  Although it wasn’t necessary to evacuate the building, some guests were  annoyed by the midday mishap.  “It’s a little bit of an inconvenience, we’re celebrating a birthday,” said  Tony Thompson, 40, who was vacationing from Orlando, FL, with his wife Yolanda  who turned 49 on Wednesday.  “You expect to be in a situation where you can enjoy the amenities.” One man who was staying in the hotel while his TriBeca pad was being  renovated was seen lugging about a dozen suitcases down four flights of  stairs. “We’re just going to another hotel,” said the man, 34, who works in finance  and declined to give his name.

Guests were given water and pizza while they waited for things to return to  normal, the spokesman said. Con Edison crews working into the evening hours to  restore power, a hotel spokesman said, while a generator provided limited  lighting to the 46-story building. The hotel, with 1,981 rooms, was at full  capacity Wednesday, the spokesman said. By 6 p.m., elevators had been restored  up to the 34th floor, allowing guests to retreat to their rooms for the night.  Around 10:30 p.m., power was back on in all floors.

Story via NY Daily News

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