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Queensboro Bridge Reopens After Truck Fire, Officials Say

By Aidan Gardiner | September 2, 2013 11:08am | Updated on September 2, 2013 3:44pm
 The 59th Street Bridge was closed in both directions in the wake of the fire.
Fire Engulfs Truck on Queensboro Bridge
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MANHATTAN — The lower level of the Queensboro Bridge was reopened Monday afternoon after a tractor trailer burst into flames there hours earlier, officials said.

A column of smoke could be seen rising from the truck on the Manhattan-bound side of the bridge's lower level when the vehicle ignited about 9:45 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said.

Monday morning's fire came weeks after another tractor trailer caught fire on the bridge.

The blaze, which was contained in the truck's cab area, was brought under control about 30 minutes later, the spokesman said.

No injuries were immediately reported.

The lower level was closed until about 3 p.m., the Office of Emergency Management announced.

The fire did no structural damage to the bridge, a Department of Transportation spokesman said.