2 Injured After Electrical Fire Breaks Out In UES High Rise

Two people were injured when an electrical fire broke out in an under-construction Upper East Side high-rise Friday, an FDNY spokesman said.

The inferno, which started around 12:45 p.m. on the fourth floor of 645 Madison Ave., left a constructor worker with serious burn injuries and another person with minor injuries, the FDNY said.

“We worked with ConEd to shut power off to building and made sure there were no more injuries,” said FDNY Chief Mark Rosenbaun at the scene.

The construction worker was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, while the other person was treated at the scene and released, the agency said.

The first through the fifth floors of the building were evacuated from the 22-story commercial building and more than 126 emergency workers responded to the scene, a spokesman said. Everyone on floors six through 22 was instructed to shelter in place.

Thomas Wilkinson, 44, who works on the fifth floor, said he heard loud construction noises before the blaze broke out.

“We heard a loud bang, and the lights flickered momentarily. We joked to each other we’d hear the alarm, and then it [went off] 5 minutes later,” Wilkinson told The Post.

“There was black smoke coming up from the elevators below, and when we saw that, we just evacuated through the stairs. We were told we can’t get back in today. We’re worried the sprinklers went off on our floor.”

Fire officials were gone from the scene by about 2:40 p.m. after the fire was put out.

Additional reporting by Gabrielle Fonrouge

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