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Warning from FDNY:  Manhole Fires

 

Manhole fires          

 

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

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