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Manhole fires injure 5, melt cars in Queens

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WOODHAVEN, QUEENS (PIX11) – Several manholes exploded in Queens early Thursday.

According to Con Edison, it happened at about 1 a.m. on 88th road in Woodhaven.

Flames spread to two cars, melting parts of the vehicles. Nearby residents came out of their homes to see fire and thick smoke.

“At one point it was actually a popping sound and the flames just flew higher and then everything got black smoke and people were coming out and everybody was trying to breath,” resident Ines Sanabria said. “It was just crazy. Just something you would see in a movie.”

After the FDNY extinguished the fire, Con Ed sent crews out to repair the damage.

Workers pulled charred cables from underground Thursday morning. According to Con Ed, three customers lost power due to the incident.

Five people were taken to the hospital because of smoke inhalation.