NEW YORK – A smoky basement fire has forced the evacuation and closure of a New York City courthouse and postponed rap star Lil Wayne's sentencing in a gun case.
Courts spokesman David Bookstaver says Manhattan's main criminal courthouse shut down for the day Tuesday because of a midmorning fire. He says it apparently started in a wooden contractor's shed.
More than 1,000 people were forced to leave the building. The Fire Department says eight people suffered minor injuries, including five firefighters. Court officers were seen helping a woman with an oxygen mask walk out of the courthouse.
Lil Wayne had been expected to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon to a year in jail. He pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.