Manhole Fire Leaves Dozens in Astoria Without Power

The Patch - August 01, 2019

by Maya Kaufman, Patch Staff

At least 70 Astoria residents along 37th Street suddenly lost power about midnight Tuesday after flames erupted from a nearby manhole.

ASTORIA, QUEENS — At least 70 Astoria residents suddenly lost power about midnight Tuesday after flames erupted from a nearby manhole, officials said.

The manhole fire started just before midnight on 37th Street just north of 28th Avenue, according to an FDNY spokesperson.

The fire left 74 customers along 37th Street without power, a Con Edison spokesperson said, adding that the cause was likely normal wear-and-tear.

Con Ed crews restored power to the area by Wednesday afternoon.

One Astoria resident said on Twitter that she woke up to an explosion outside her building, then discovered her power was out.

The actual number of people affected is likely higher, since Con Ed tallies the number of customers — not residents — when reporting outages.