NEW YORK, N.Y. (WPIX)—More than 130 firefighters were on hand Saturday battling a smoky fire at a sanitation pier in Manhattan.
Pix 11 News obtained exclusive video shot by a sanitation worker who was inside the burning trailer on Pier 97.
"I was in the bathroom when this happened, and I smelled smoke." sanitation worker, Bryan Smith, told Pix 11 News. " I went into this trailer where my locker is, the bathroom is here and I saw more smoke and basically I just grabbed my belongings and I ran out."
After Smith left the trailer he started rolling and captured dramatic video of the sanitation pier going up in flames.
The three alarm fire started just after 3 p.m. at pier 97 located on west 57th street and 12th avenue. A trailer, where sanitation stores salt reserves, trucks and other equipment, caught fire which then quickly spread to the pier by Manhattan's West Side Highway.
Strong winds due to the remnants of Hurricane Earl caused thick black smoke to spread all over the surrounding area.
For a time there was concern that the flames would spread to nearby Con Ed fuel lines, according to fire officials. Fortunately, they it did not.
Three firefighters suffered minor injuries.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.