THE BRONX — A Parkchester Macy’s and a post office were evacuated after a transformer fire sent smoke billowing out of several manholes in the area, fire officials said.
The fire started at 1449 West Ave. at about 11:42 a.m. Tuesday, near the Macy's entrance and next door to the post office, according to the FDNY.
Con Edison also responded to the scene of the fire, which was still not out by 12:50 p.m., a fire department spokesman said.
There were no power outages as a result of the fire, a Con Ed spokesman said. The utility company was also investigating the cause of the blaze and was not immediately sure if a transformer or another piece of equipment caught fire, the spokesman added.
A security worker at Macy’s said smoke filled the store when it evacuated and estimated that shoppers would not be able to return for at least two hours.
There were no reported injuries from the smoke, the fire spokesman added.
Con Edison would not have to turn off power for any surrounding buildings, the spokesman said.