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Transformer Fire Breaks Out In Midtown Building

(credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

(credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two people have been taken to the hospital following a transformer fire on Manhattan’s West Side .

The FDNY said 2,500 people were evacuated after the fire broke out shortly after 12 p.m. Thursday at an 13-story building on West 33rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

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Officials said 18 people, including some firefighters, had to be treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Two other people were taken to Bellevue Hospital for smoke inhalation.

A Con Edison spokesman said a transformer under the sidewalk blew, creating a heavy smoke condition.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports the building which was affected houses city agencies.