FDNY Firefighters Injured by Manhole Explosion in Brooklyn, New York

FDNY firefighters responded about 10:00 p.m. Thursday to a manhole fire at 1285 Broadway after 10 p.m. in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. An explosion at the manhole in Bushwick injured three firefighters Thursday night.

All three firefighters suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to FDNY.

Hundreds of manhole fires have occurred this winter.

In the St. Albans section of Queens, manhole fires occurred Friday morning, and included evacuation of two homes after high levels of carbon monoxide were discovered.

On Wednesday, people in Chelsea were evacuated from buildings because of the manhole fires.

These explosions are believed to occur in winter when snow melts and causes corrosion of wires or destruction of wire insulation, which leads to sparks that ignite areas of flammable gas pockets.

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