4 Taken to Hospital in Manhattan Transformer Fire

A Con Edison spokesman says the smoky condition was caused by smoldering cables and equipment underground.

Thursday, Mar 8, 2012  |  Updated 5:47 PM EDT
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Transformer Fire Closes 33rd Street

NBC New York

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Fire Department officials confirmed four people have been taken to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after a transformer fire on Manhattan's West Side.

Fire Department and Con Edison trucks responded to the fire near Ninth Avenue and 34th Street.

The Fire Department says the call came in at 12:06 p.m. Thursday. The fire was under control as of 4:03 p.m.

A Con Edison spokesman says the smoky condition was caused by smoldering cables and equipment underground. He says one building was affected: 330 W. 34th St.

The cause has not been determined.

The Fire Department says four people were taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation, but their injuries were non-life threatening. Twenty-eight others were treated at the scene.

Officials say to expect traffic delays in the area.

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