NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A gas line rupture forced the evacuation of  seven buildings in Flushing, Queens Friday afternoon.

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m., when an underground electrical manhole explosion caused the gas to shoot up to Main Street and 75th Avenue, which is a mainly commercial area.

The fire was put out around 7 p.m. after Con Edison was able to shut off the gas valves. Earlier FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano said officials had let the fire burn to stop any escaping gas and not allow it to form pockets that would cause further explosions.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan Reports From Main Street In Flushing

“It kind of coming out of the manhole and a little bit further down looked like it was seeping out of the ground,” one witness said.

Firefighters went to each of the evacuated buildings to make sure things were safe.  Everyone has since been allowed to return to their homes and businesses.

Terry Sheridan of 1010 WINS reports that some residents had been complaining about the smell of gas in the area for a while.  They said Con Ed sent trucks to the area, but they didn’t find any cause for the leak or an odor.

Con Ed claims the incident came about mainly because of an electrical fire, but the fire department said it was basically a gas-fueled fire.

No one was hurt in the fire, but power was knocked out on several blocks.

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Comments (3)
  1. jennifer says:

    i live down the block from where the fire was and it was crazy it smelled like gas up to 3 blocks away and it really started at 2:30-2:45 but no news crew was here until about 3:30 as they state in the article. it was scary cus kids were just coming home from schools and the fire kept on getting worse. it started as a small fire from the draining sewer and spread to the whole area you see on the news. but the fire men, coned, and police were great with the safty of us and letting us know that everything is under control. so if something like this happens again and we wont have enough recorces cus of the budget cuts than there could be fatalities and it would be on bloombergs shoulders to feel all the guilt!!

  2. serena p says:

    that was a brilliant comment made by DanTe, an obvious mental midget.It is not in the best interest of the people to close many fire houses like bloomberg is going to do, this gas line break was a perfect example. it took many firetrucks to put out the fire!! there are other ways to cut back and save the city some money. safety of the people should not be compromised, due to bloomberg’s cutbacks.

    1. jonathan says:

      In case you didn’t know, the fire department let the fire burn itself out after the main was shut. They felt it was too dangerous to spray water.

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