WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan – A manhole fire caused power outages to surrounding buildings in Washington Heights, according to the FDNY.
The single explosion occurred between two parked cars about 6 a.m. Thursday at 655 West 190 St.
"It's a drain on the system," an FDNY official at the scene said. "Everyone was utilizing their AC units last night and perhaps prior to our arrival, they were all connected to create to make this circumstance."
The fire affected power within five apartment buildings, he said. Power was restored at 2:20 p.m.
Several hundred customers were without power, per Con Edison.
The situation concerns residents since temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 80s in New York City.
"Especially with the heat wave coming in, we were not happy," a woman who lives in one of the affected buildings said. "We were really scared of the smoke in the apartments."
FDNY is working with Con Edison in order to address possible manhole explosions in the area.