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Taxi Catches Fire on Madison Avenue, FDNY and Witnesses Say

By Emilie Ruscoe | June 16, 2015 7:33pm

MANHATTAN — A yellow taxi caught fire on Madison Avenue near East 48th Street temporarily stalling rush hour traffic Tuesday.

The engulfed cab, which had its trunk doors open, sent giant flames with black smoke billowing past office windows overhead.

The FDNY responded to the scene at 5:44 p.m., but the fire had already burned itself out. Firefighters snuffed the last of the flames about 6:23 p.m., officials said.

@SamHendel the taxi exploded? My picture when it was just a small fire... pic.twitter.com/pKBt4pKvf2

No injuries were reported, according to the FDNY.