A Wednesday afternoon fire at Macy’s in Herald Square prompted an evacuation of the iconic store.
The blaze started at around 3:15 p.m. in the basement of the flagship store, which was emptied for more than 2 hours, CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis reported.
“The fire alarm went off and they told us to ignore it and then it went off again and they told us to get out,” one shopper told WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell.
The smell of smoke on the 34th Street side of the store convinced a lot of people it was time to go. When people started rushing out, one store employee said he was surprised.
“It was a one-day sale, they’d go down in the fire before they miss that,” he joked to Haskell.
The fire was confined to an area already closed to customers and which was undergoing renovations. Phil Iannarone, shopping on the 9th floor, said he had to drop everything and take the stairs.
“We started on the 9th floor and we just made our way down — hundreds of people on the stairs,” he told Dennis.
Read the full story on CBS New York.