FDNY Responds To Multiple Manhole Fires Reported In Brooklyn

Manhole on fire in Brooklyn
Photo credit Marla Diamond - WCBS 880
By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Firefighters responded to reports of multiple manhole explosions and fires that left hundreds without power in Brooklyn.

Officials say they received at least seven calls around 1 a.m. from different addresses on and near Dean Street in Crown Heights.

Loud explosion sounds woke up many residents and according to FDNY, one of the manhole fires damaged a parked car.

As many as five houses on the block may have lost power.

One resident, Jenelle Prosper, says the power went out as the snow fell. "Just some time in the night and the power went off and we were wondering what was going on," she says. "We woke up some time in the the morning early, early morning and the TV came on, sow we knew there was power."

Although she has her power back, she and other residents in the building she resides in have no heat.

"I don't know if the super is going to check what's going on, so the heat is not back on yet." 

Con Edison crews were seen in the area and they say power outages caused by the fires are expected to be restored.

One crew was on working on the corner of Utica Avenue and Crown Street.

Fires are common when road salt seeps underground corroding the electrical cables.

Video from a Citizen user shows heavy smoke billowing from the scene.

No injuries have been reported from the incidents.