WABC-TV has reported that there was an explosion around 9:30 a.m. causing two buildings to collapse on 116th Street and Park Avenue in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday. There have been 15 injured and two confirmed deaths, according to WABC-TV. Reportedly, over 200 firefighters responded to the scene.
The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time, but Con Edison confirms that it was responding to a report of a gas odor in the area just before the explosion occurred. The call came in at 9:13 a.m. from a resident who indicated the odor may have been coming from outside the building. Two con edison crews were dispatched at 9:15 a.m. They arrived just after the explosion occurred. The street is served by an 8-inch low-pressure gas main. Con Edison is checking gas lines and working to isolate any leaks.
Photos from the scene:
The scene after East #Harlem explosion in #NYC - pic.twitter.com/SaNi96zjwF
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) March 12, 2014
Before & after picture of the site of the explosion in #Harlem. pic.twitter.com/1mEpc5Y2mw
— Brendon Geoffrion (@tvbrendon) March 12, 2014
In pictures: Building collapses in #Harlem district of New York after #explosion http://t.co/OSQyI8IBAW pic.twitter.com/nY3y82vV9F
— Telegraph Pictures (@TelegraphPics) March 12, 2014
Se derrumban dos pequeños edificios en el barrio de #Harlem, tras una fuerte explosión. #NuevaYork #EEUU pic.twitter.com/7oOh4e8USZ
— Diario PanamáAmérica (@PanamaAmerica) March 12, 2014
(via: WABC-TV NEW YORK, NY)