Multiple Injuries Reported During Series Of Manhole Fires In Midtown

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Four firefighters and a building supervisor were injured Wednesday after a series of manhole fires broke out in Midtown.

The first of the fires began just before 10 a.m. on East 32nd Street, between Madison and Fifth avenues. The situation resulted in a total of five manhole fires.

The incident escalated further when a “flash smoke explosion” occurred inside a commercial office building at 6 East 32nd St.

The firefighters and building worker sustained minor injuries and are expected to recover.

The office was evacuated along with nearby structures, including Chelsea Day School.

East 32nd Street was shut down between Madison and Fifth avenues as investigators tried to determine the cause of the fires and explosion.

The investigation remains ongoing but FDNY officials believe the fire started in electrical wires.