UNITED NATIONS – Two United Nations security officers were injured Sunday in a small, suspicious fire in the basement of the General Assembly building at the UN Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York.
The incident happened near the centre of a campus along the borough of Manhattan’s East River in New York City hours after an emergency Security Council meeting in a nearby building, Xinhua news agency reported.
The blaze was reported at 6:28 p.m. local time and was promptly put out by the UN Fire Unit and the New York Fire Department (FDNY).
Two security officers were taken to hospital.
“It was a very minor injury from smoke inhalation,” an official said.
Preliminary investigations showed there was some water damage to the area but the UNHQ will reopen on Monday.
The Security Council meeting on Yemen were held following consultations behind closed doors shortly after 3 p.m. local time in the south end of the Conference Building and ended some three hours later. – Bernama