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Midtown transformer fire causes building evacuation

Monday, January 06, 2014
Transformer fire causes scare in midtown Building evacuated due to midtown fire transformer fire

Fire officials are investigating an explosive underground transformer fire in Midtown Manhattan that led to the evacuation of a nearby building.

The Fire Department says flames and smoke began pouring out of a manhole on West 51st Street around 2:10 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters say several thousand people have been ordered to leave a nearby building because of carbon monoxide readings above normal levels.

The 23-story office building is near the Time-Life Building and Rockefeller Center.

Crews from utility Consolidated Edison are en route to assess the problem.

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