At least three people are dead and more than 50 people were injured by an explosion and building collapse in uptown Manhattan’s East Harlem district, The New York Times reports. Among the wounded were three children and a 15-year-old reported to be in critical condition, according to the Guardian.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said that the explosion was the result of a gas leak.
“For weeks we’ve been smelling gas,” 21-year-old Ashley Rivera, who lives nearby, told the Daily News. “We saw people flying out of the window. … Those are my neighbors.”
Here is an image of the site before and after the incident.
Below are photos from the scene:
MAN 3-ALARM E 114 114 STREET, BUILDING COLLAPSE WITH FIRE,—
(@FDNY) March 12, 2014
The building collapse is adjacent to a rail line used by a regional commuter railroad, the Metro North.
We will notify you as soon as possible of alternate service information.—
Metro-North Railroad (@MetroNorth) March 12, 2014
Here is live video of the site: