Multiple Injuries Reported at Scene of TriBeCa Basement Fire

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More than three dozen people have received defeat in the explosion of an oil heater in the basement of a condominium in the heart of NY city's Tribeca, which resulted in a significant release of carbon monoxide and toxic substances. Neighboring buildings also were searched.

Firefighters said high level of carbon monoxide were found in the basement to the third floor of the 12-story luxury apartment building, which is located above a market.

Most of the 34 hurt were evaluated at the scene for minor injuries, fire officials say, but some will be taken to hospitals.

Early reports of the incident drew on concerns that a box in the basement caused the sickness after it was opened and released a powder substance.

Emergency workers blocked off the area.

NY1 has a crew at the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.

The FDNY said it was possibly caused by a faulty oil burner.

Firefighters also responded to a basement fire at Macy's Herald Square Tuesday morning.

Police do not believe the fire to be suspicious or nefarious, the NYPD said. Law enforcement authorities conducting the investigation.

None of the injuries are said to be life threatening.

NBC 4 NY has left a message with Macy's seeking comment.

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