Brooklyn Building Fire Spreads to Manhole, Causes Explosions

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013  |  Updated 2:36 PM EDT
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Brooklyn Building Fire Spreads to Manhole, Causes Explosions

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A fire that broke out in the basement of a Brooklyn building spread to a manhole and caused explosions Tuesday morning, officials said.

The fire began at 459 Myrtle Avenue, near Washington Avenue, in Fort Greene at about 11:30 a.m., the FDNY said. Manhole explosions were reported shortly after that.

Witnesses reported hearing a blast and smelling a sulfur-like smell.

Seven surrounding buildings were evacuated.

No injuries have been reported.

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