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Manhattan manhole fire prompts evacuation

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The cause of a manhole fire outside the Time-Life building on West 51st Street is under investigation.

Video posted on Instagram showed flames shooting up from the manhole on Monday at about 2 p.m.

More than 1500 people were evacuated from the building due to above normal levels of carbon monoxide, said fire officials. One person was treated at the scene but refused further medical attention.

Firefighters said several people were also ordered to leave the French restaurant Le Barnardin.

Crews from utility Consolidated Edison responded to the scene.

Officials are looking into the possibility that whether rock salt used to melt snow washed into the manhole causing wires to erode and sparking the fire.

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