We already have had three in Brooklyn since last weekend's blizzard. They are a chronic problem in NYC, flaring up after a snowstorm or a rain.
What causes them and what are the warning signs?
You know all that salt that NYC and landlords throw down to make roads and sidewalks *safe*? Well it mixes with the melting snow that frequently drains into manholes causing corrosion to the electrical components in the hole.
The elecrical wires get shorted out and a fire errupts.
Not only is the manhole fire dangerous in itself, but the burning wires produce toxic fumes. One of the most dangerous side effects is fro