Underground Fire Causes Midtown Building Evacuation | NBC New York

Underground Fire Causes Midtown Building Evacuation



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    An office building in Midtown had to be evacuated Monday morning when an underground transformer caught fire.

    The fire started under a manhole cover in front of 1359 Broadway, between 36th and 37th streets, just before 9:30 a.m.

    No one was injured in the fire.

    Twelve FDNY units responded and brought the fire under control within two hours, said an FDNY spokeswoman.

    Crews shut off power to the building as they brought the fire under control, and evacuated about 200 people.

    Con Ed crews were still on the scene as of 2:30 p.m. to make repairs. A cause was not immediately clear, and a restoration time wasn't immediately available.