High carbon monoxide levels force evacuation of eight buildings in Astoria

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Fifty people were evacuated from eight buildings in Astoria Wednesday evening after high levels of carbon monoxide were detected, said the FDNY.

Officials ordered the evacuation around 7:30 p.m. following a manhole fire near the residential buildings along 31st Drive.

One person was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, said the FDNY.

Some of the residents have been allowed back in the buildings, but Con Ed is still investigating and checking the air quality.