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Woodhaven manhole fire leaves five hurt

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:52 pm | Updated: 11:54 am, Thu Aug 29, 2013.

It was a long night for residents living on one Woodhaven block. 

Several manholes along 75th Street exploded in flames early Thursday morning, setting two cars ablaze and injuring five people.

The fire started shortly before 1 a.m. near 88th Avenue — only a block from the Brooklyn border. At least three manholes started smoking along the block before flames shot up from the street, setting the two cars on fire.

Five people, at least one a child, were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for carbon monoxide exposure, according to the FDNY. The fire was declared under control by 2 a.m.

Con Edison responded to the scene and the cause is still under investigation, but a spokesman said the utility are looking into a malfunction of the underground electrical delivery system.

Several homes on the block were left without power after the incident, but were restored by daylight. 

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