2015-02-04 / Front Page

Manhole Fire Causes Elevated Carbon Monoxide Levels

Astoria Apartment Building Evacuated

Photo Tony Barsamian Photo Tony Barsamian More than two-dozen residents were evacuated from their apartments in Astoria after a possible carbon monoxide leak was detected.

The elevated carbon monoxide levels at 30-90 38th St. were the result of a manhole fire that Con Edison reported had affected electrical lines leading to 30-84 38th St. at 31st Avenue which is a vacant building.

Because of the smoke, authorities checked CO levels in nearby buildings, which is standard procedure.

Residents who were evacuated were placed on a heated bus parked on the street.

No injuries were reported.

Con Edison has had 570 manhole fires in less than a week, which they say is not unusual in frigid weather.

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