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Transformer Fire Leads to Evacuations on Midtown Street, Subway

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An electrical fire forced the evacuation of two Manhattan buildings and a portion of the subway Wednesday.

It happened along Seventh Avenue near Penn Station shortly after noon.

Con Edison confirmed that their crews responded to reports of smokey manholes.

The 1, 2 and 3 lines temporarily bypassed Penn Station.

About 75 people were asked to leave the subway station, and two nearby buildings were evacuated due to a smoke condition.

"The flames didn't show up as much. It was just flashes of electric sparks that came out along with the smoke," said one witness. "Very dark smoke and a smell of rubber."

"We had to evacuate our kitchen because of potential carbon monoxide poisoning," said another person. "They came in, the fire department was really efficient. They came in, took air levels, air quality levels, to make sure it was safe."

One person was brought to the hospital with smoke inhalation.

No word yet on what caused the problem.

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