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Snow-melting salt a likely cause of midtown manhole fire

Manhole fire

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A manhole in midtown erupted in flames and black smoke a Monday afternoon, snarling traffic and resulting in the temporary evacuation of 1,500 workers from 140 W. 51st St., said officials.

Extreme weather - a contributing cause of so many winter fires - was likely a factor in yesterday's blaze, which took 60 firefighters more than two hours to quell, said Con Ed spokesman Bob McGee. "After...

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Fatal Hell's Kitchen fire originated from power strip: FDNY

hell's kitchen fire

(Credit: A fire caused smoke and fire damage on the facade of 500 W. 43rd Street. (Charles Eckert))

The deadly fire at the luxury condo high rise on West 43rd St. on Sunday was an accident, and probably caused by an overloaded, defective or overused power strip, the FDNY said Monday. The fire, which sparked in a 20th floor unit, is thought to have begun when the building's occupant was not at home, according to a department spokesman.

Newlywed Daniel McClung, 27, a resident of the 38th floor,...

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Hell's Kitchen fire kills one man, injures and displaces others

hell's kitchen fire

(Credit: A fire caused smoke and fire damage on the facade of 500 W. 43rd Street. (Charles Eckert))

UPDATED 1/5/14, 7:30 P.M.: Three fires erupted within hours in central Manhattan Sunday, the most serious in a West Side high rise that left one man dead and another man hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation, according to officials.

The victim, 27-year-old Daniel McClung, was pronounced dead at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital. McClung and a 32-year-old man were found by firefighters...

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How to bounce back after getting fired

Getting fired is horrible, but you can recover.

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It's no secret that getting fired from your job is awful -- it can makes you feel insecure and out of control of your life.

But bouncing back is easier than you think, our experts say, and maybe even put you in a better situation than the one you just lost. We can't take the pain away, but these tips can help you navigate the aftermath.

David Fagiano, COO of Dale Carnegie Training, an...

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Families left homeless after vicious Hamilton Heights fire

A fire that ran through this Hamilton Hts.

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Ten families were left homeless after a three-alarm blaze raced through a five-story, 21-unit apartment house in Hamilton Heights early Sunday morning, destroying many of the apartments in its path.

The blaze is believed to have broken out on the third floor of 625 W. 138th St. shortly before 7 a.m. and zipped through the third, fourth and fifth stories, fueled by winds that reached 40-miles-per-hour,...

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Arcade Fire knock Katy Perry off top of Billboard 200

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Canadian alternative rock group Arcade Fire scored its second No. 1 record by knocking pop singer Katy Perry off the top spot of the weekly Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday.

"Reflektor," the fourth studio album from Arcade Fire, sold 140,000 copies in its first week according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. Perry's "Prism," which debuted at No. 1 last week, dropped...

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