Statue of Liberty reopens after fire forced 3,400 people to evacuate Liberty Island

PHOTO: A Coast Guard boat cruises through New York Harbor after Liberty Island was evacuated when several propane tanks caught fire near the Statue of Liberty, Aug. 27, 2018 in New York.PlayDrew Angerer/Getty Images
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Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty were evacuated Monday after an apparent construction mishap sparked a fire in propane tanks there, according to the National Parks Service.

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Three propane tanks were on fire, officials said, and the blaze has since been extinguished.

PHOTO: The Statue of Liberty was evacuated after a small fire in propane tanks on Liberty Island in New York, Aug. 27, 2018.WABC
The Statue of Liberty was evacuated after a small fire in propane tanks on Liberty Island in New York, Aug. 27, 2018.

PHOTO: The Statue of Liberty was evacuated after a small fire in propane tanks on Liberty Island in New York, Aug. 27, 2018.WABC
The Statue of Liberty was evacuated after a small fire in propane tanks on Liberty Island in New York, Aug. 27, 2018.

The fire prompted the National Parks Service to evacuate all 3,400 people from Liberty Island.

Boats moved people from Liberty Island to the nearby Ellis Island, Roger Sakowich, the FDNY's Manhattan borough commander, told reporters. Each boat holds between 500 and 1,200 people, he said.

PHOTO: Firefighters work the scene on Liberty Island after several propane tanks caught fire near the Statue of Liberty, Aug. 27, 2018 in New York.Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Firefighters work the scene on Liberty Island after several propane tanks caught fire near the Statue of Liberty, Aug. 27, 2018 in New York.

PHOTO: A police vehicle is parked by a ferry of people being evacuated after a fire broke out near the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York, Aug. 27, 2018.Andrew Kelly/Reuters
A police vehicle is parked by a ferry of people being evacuated after a fire broke out near the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York, Aug. 27, 2018.

The Statue of Liberty reopened mid-afternoon and operations to and from Liberty Island resumed.

PHOTO: The Statue of Liberty was evacuated after a small fire in propane tanks on Liberty Island in New York, Aug. 27, 2018.WABC
The Statue of Liberty was evacuated after a small fire in propane tanks on Liberty Island in New York, Aug. 27, 2018.

PHOTO: The Statue of Liberty was evacuated after a small fire in propane tanks on Liberty Island in New York, Aug. 27, 2018.WABC
The Statue of Liberty was evacuated after a small fire in propane tanks on Liberty Island in New York, Aug. 27, 2018.

One worker suffered a non-life-threatening injury from the incident, officials said.

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