NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — As the Tri-State area faces another day of extreme temperatures, hundreds of people in Manhattan were left sweltering in the heat after a manhole fire knocked out power early Thursday morning.
The manhole fire happened on West 190th Street near Wadsworth Terrace in Washington Heights.
Cell phone video captured the flames shooting from the manhole. Andrew Peralta said it was a scary sight when he was coming home from work.
“I just moved back because I didn’t know what was gonna happen,” he told CBS2’s Andrea Grymes.
Jose Bernal-Lopez lives on the block and evacuated on his own when he saw the flames.
“I actually came outside because I was afraid,” he said. “I thought something might happen to the building.”
The FDNY put water on the smoking manhole and no one was hurt, but the fire knocked out power to 785 customers. Con Edison says at least seven apartment buildings on Wadsworth Terrace and nearby Fairview Avenue lost electricity.
“Dark, I’m very hot,” said resident Titi Concepcion. “Super hot.”
“Right now, I think we can take it but I don’t know about later on,” said resident Francisco Fuerte.
“It’s going to be horrible because the temperatures are going to be really high today,” another woman told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “No fan, no air conditioning, no refrigerator, no ice.”