- Last Updated: 6:13 AM, July 8, 2012
- Posted: 2:24 AM, July 8, 2012
A Con Edison transformer exploded under a busy Midtown street yesterday because of the intense heat — igniting a minivan and spreading flames to a 16-story building, fire officials said.
The blast triggered at least four explosions in the parked van at around noon outside 140 E. 56th St.
Flames spread to the building through a scaffold and raged for nearly an hour.
“There was a lot of fire shooting from under the car,” said witness Mohammed Mousa, 24. “It was frightening.”
Con Ed spokesman Allan Drury said the equipment failure was “almost certainly due to the heat.”
There were no power outages and no injuries, though two people had to be rescued from the building.