CO from manhole fire prompts evacuation of Manhattan building

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Josh Einiger has more from Chelsea.

The FDNY and Con Edison are on the scene of a manhole fire on the West Side of Manhattan Wednesday evening that forced the evacuation at least one building.

The fire broke out on West 23rd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues just before 4 p.m.

The fire department confirms that carbon monoxide extended into the building, which was evacuated.

The fire was caused by salt getting into the electrical system, authorities say. There were no power outages in the area.

No one was injured.

It is unclear how many people were inside at the time. (Video courtesy Kayla Ostrow)


West 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues has reopened to traffic.

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