Astoria residents evacuated following manhole fires: FDNY

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About two dozen Astoria residents had to be evacuated Friday morning when high carbon monoxide levels were detected following manhole fires in the area, the FDNY said.

Authorities responded to the manhole fires about 5:30 a.m.

After the high levels of carbon monoxide were discovered, residents were evacuated from a nearby building at 30-90 38th St., near 31st Avenue, reports said.

About 25 residents from eight apartments were told to leave their homes, according to the FDNY. Crews from Con Edison were also called to the scene.

No injuries were reported.

It was not clear whether the residents were allowed to return to the building as of early that afternoon.