High carbon monoxide levels
By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A manhole on Maujer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn caught fire and thick, gray smoke billowed out of two others just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, leading to evacuations from nearby buildings due to high carbon monoxide levels.
The manholes are located near 176 Maujer Street close to Humbolt Street.
According to an FDNY spokesperson, twenty people were evacuated from three residential dwellings at 215, 217 and 221 Maujer Street.
Con Ed spokesperson Allan Drury told the Brooklyn Eagle that Con Ed crews were still on the scene at 2:30 p.m. “No power outages have been reported as of yet,” he said.
CO levels were dropping by 2:30 p.m., according to FDNY. Photos of the manhole fire can be seen on the Instagram account of Philip Leff.
It's part of a pilot program to improve performance and reliability of sewer infrastructure citywide.