Early Morning Fire at Popular Midtown Restaurant Fire Injures 5; FDNY Says

More than 100 firefighters respond to a two-alarm blaze Wednesday morning at Omar’s Mediterranean Cuisine on East 55th Street at 4:30 AM


By APB Staff Writer

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – Midtown Manhattan

Five people were injured this morning during when a fire broke out on the East Side.

The fire started shortly after 4:30 AM inside Omar’s Mediterranean Cuisine on East 55th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues, according to the FDNY. The Fire Department upgraded its response to a second alarm, calling for 25 units and 106 fire and EMS personnel to respond to the scene.

Firefighters had the scene under control around 6 AM.

All five people who were hurt during the fire suffered minor injuries and were treated at nearby hospitals, an FDNY spokesman said. Five of the people who were injured are civilians and one is a NYC firefighter.

The upper floors of the building house the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan – The mosque was not affected by the fire.

APB News saw the City fire marshals on site starting their investigation to determine the cause of Wednesday morning’s fire.