Manhole incident on busy street in Boston prompts large emergency response

BOSTON — A manhole incident on a busy street near Boston’s Government Center prompted a large emergency response on Tuesday morning.

Firefighters and utility crews responding to a call for equipment issue in the area of Congress Street at Quaker Lane around 4:30 a.m. discovered high readings of carbon monoxide leaking into the basement of a vacant building at 15 Congress Street, according to Boston District 3 Fire Chief Fred Lorenz.

Sparks were seen coming from the manhole but the fire ultimately burned out by itself with little help from firefighters, Lorenz noted.

Several emergency vehicles were seen in the area but the street has since reopened to traffic.

Eversource is continuing to monitor the situation.

In a statement, Eversource said, “We worked with local first responders to make the area safe and immediately began investigating what caused this equipment issue. We will remain on scene until all necessary repairs are made.”

There were no reported injuries.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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