MANHOLE EXPLOSION SPARKS POSTAL TRUCK FIRE; OTHER FIRES REPORTED

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A manhole explosion on 105th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue late Tuesday night sparked a fire that burned a postal truck and another car. Stefan, who took the photos

“At around 11:50pm I could hear a big explosion from the electric manhole between a car and a postal truck. Later on a second manhole caught fire closer to Broadway.

Two big firetrucks came to the scene. It took 30min until the fire was put out and the trucks could be moved.

This morning (Aug 17) at 6:00am ConEdison started their repair work.”

The fire department got the call at 11:51 p.m. and went to 214 west 105th Street. They had it under control by 1:05 a.m, an FDNY spokesman said. No injuries were reported. A Con Ed spokesman said that workers were on the scene along with FDNY, and there were no injuries or outages.

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Firefighters respond to the scene.

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Con Ed works on the issue Wednesday morning.

There were multiple other fires too.

A fire on the fifth floor at 311 West 97th Street broke out shortly before 9 p.m. Firefighters arrived at 8:56 and had it under control by 9:42. No one was reported injured and the cause was under investigation, an FDNY spokesman said.

Another fire broke out on the West Side Highway between 95th and 96th Street just before 1 a.m. A car caught fire but no one was reported injured. It was under control by 1:38 a.m. Thanks to John Massengale for the tip.

NEWS | 9 comments | permalink
    1. dannyboy says:

      Too many fires!

      Thank you FDNY.

      The Bravest.

    2. Christine E says:

      I love how no matter where the action, there is a WSR reader with a birds eye view.

    3. nycityny says:

      All that lost mail…sad.

    4. Paul RL says:

      Whew! When I first saw the manhole explosion headline, I thought you were reporting on my colonoscopy prep last night. Glad no one was hurt in either case.

    5. Harriet says:

      I live next to the post office, and the explosion woke me up. It was VERY loud and scary. Thank goodness this happened at night, when there were few people on the street.

    6. sailingsam says:

      Wonder if the water dripping down from the post office’s portable air conditioning system (the tubes)caused this fire…

    7. Sean says:

      Maybe is was the salsa?