By  on June 20, 2007

NEW YORK — A fire early Tuesday in the Lauren by Ralph Lauren space at 205 West 39th Street here forced another tenant, Calvin Klein Inc., to scramble to present its resort collection in the building just hours later.

The fire was brought under control in less than an hour and no injuries were reported.

The 14th-floor blaze is believed to have started after an iron was accidentally left on, a New York Fire Department spokeswoman said.

An automatic alarm in the building sounded at 4:18 a.m. and four fire engines, three ladder trucks and a rescue squad responded. No one was found on the premises and the fire was contained by 5:12 a.m.

Fire marshals reported heavy smoke and water damage. Firefighters said they did not see much clothing, only patterns, computers, easels and swatches, the spokeswoman said.

A Ralph Lauren spokesman described the damage as "minimal" and said the space is used for Lauren by Ralph Lauren production and technology services. Some of the employees returned to work in the building Tuesday and all are expected to be "fully back" later this week, the spokesman said.

Executives at Calvin Klein, which occupies the 11th and 12th floors, were notified of the fire around 4:45 a.m. Many employees arrived at the office between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., as planned, to complete preparations for the first appointments with fashion editors.

Francisco Costa's resort collection was to be shown on the 12th floor, but staffers decided to move to the 11th floor after seeing the smoke and water damage caused by the fire. The appointments went ahead as scheduled.

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