Fire Started In Underground Transformer, Con Edison Says

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Flames erupted in several manholes late Monday afternoon along Broadway in SoHo.

Around 3 p.m., firefighters responded to a second-alarm along a stretch of Broadway between Spring and Broome streets, after the manholes caught fire.

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The fire started in an underground electrical transformer, Con Edision said.

The buildings at 500 and 524 Broadway were evacuated due to a subsequent buildup of carbon monoxide, the FDNY said. In total, about 100 people were evacuated.

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The fire was under control by 5 p.m., the FDNY said. Some power outages were reported in the immediate area.

No injuries or hospitalizations were reported.

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