March 12, 2014
About 168 police and fire officials in NYC are responding to an explosion at an occupied building on 116th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan that happened at 9:13am this morning.
The cause of the explosion was a gas leak that had been reported to ConEd 15 minutes earlier.
The explosion happened at 1644-1646 Park Avenue. ConEd recieved calls about a heavy gas odor 15 minutes prior and sent two trucks to the building. They arrived just before the explosion, which caused a 5-alarm fire and the building to collapse.
The FDNY was on the scene 2 minutes later.
The New York Times reports at least two people are dead. A senior city official suggested that there would most likely be more fatalities. As of 12pm, there were 18 injuries being treated on the scene.
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:37 pm