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Midtown transformer fire causes building evacuation

Jim Dolan reports
January 6, 2014 6:36:06 PM PST
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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