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The building, at 100 Centre Street, was evacuated because of heavy smoke in the basement and light smoke throughout the building; the fire was put out within 45 minutes, but the building was closed for the day.
Outside the building, a firefighter whose right arm was bandaged in a sling passed through yellow police tape that marked off the fire scene and walked south on Lafayette Street, near where a court officer in a wheelchair, holding an oxygen mask to his face, was being pushed by other court officers.
Lucky Torres, 26, of Harlem, who had come to court to attend the sentencing of the rapper Lil Wayne, said she was in the lobby of the courthouse when smoke wafted through and a woman next to her began gasping for air.
A court spokesman says rap star Lil Wayne’s sentencing in a New York City gun case has been postponed because of a courthouse fire.
The rapper had been expected to start a one-year jail term after sentencing Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
Courts spokesman David Bookstaver said the sentencing was among proceedings canceled due a basement fire at a Lower Manhattan courthouse.
The 27-year-old rapper entered his plea in October. He admitted having a loaded gun on his tour bus in July 2007. The 27-year-old rapper entered his plea in October. He admitted having a loaded gun on his tour bus in July 2007.
He has become one of rap’s biggest names and music’s biggest sellers in recent years.