Manhole fire knocks out electricity in Crown Heights

Manhole fire leads to temporary ConEd outage.
Manhole fire leads to temporary ConEd outage.
Screenshot courtesy of Council Member Chi Ossé/X

A manhole fire in Crown Heights temporarily interrupted Con Edison service in the area after the blaze damaged numerous cables.

The fire broke out at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Fulton Street shortly before 6:30 p.m on Tuesday. Firefighters quickly called for additional assistance from Con Ed after arriving on the scene. 

Council Member Chi Ossé of District 36 posted a video of the fire on X (formerly known as Twitter) showing dramatic plumes of smoke wafting from the manhole and advised Brooklynites to stay away from the area.

A ConEd spokesperson told Brooklyn Paper on Wednesday that the fire was caused by a “failure on the underground electric delivery system and almost certainly due to the heat.” A late summer heat wave sent temperatures soaring above 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Brooklyn on Tuesday, with high temperatures expected to continue through Thursday, Sept. 7. 

Per the FDNY, no one was injured in the incident. 

ConEd crews worked through the night to restore the damaged cables and noted that approximately 45 customers had been impacted and were without power. Services are expected to be fully restored by Wednesday afternoon.

To see if you are affected check ConEd’s outage map here.