Multiple manholes catch fire on the Upper East Side

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UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — Multiple manholes caught fire on Manhattan’s Upper East Side Tuesday afternoon, sparking an emergency response and street closures in the area, the FDNY reported.

In a 5:30 p.m. update, police said First Avenue was closed between 70th and 73rd streets and nearby side streets were cordoned off as fire crews responded. Authorities are urging people to avoid the area.

As of 6:30 p.m., the incident was deemed under control. No injuries have been reported.

Con Edison was on the scene checking carbon monoxide levels, but found no elevated readings of the gas in any nearby buildings.

The FDNY had evacuated the first floor and basement of 1315 First Ave. as a precaution.

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