This morning two five story buildings in the East Harlem section of New York City appear to have collapsed. Although the cause of the collapse is unknown at this time there are at least 16 people who have been injured and are receiving treatment and there are still people unaccounted for. The fire department is currently getting the fire under control use cranes as well as normal measures to handle the crisis.
Witnesses say that they saw the roof collapse in followed by several explosions. The New York City Police Department said they are currently investigating reports whether the cause of the collapse may have involved both buildings. Several people have mentioned the smell of gas in the recent days so potentially there could have been a leak of some sort that started it – however that is speculation at this point in time.
The Metro North New Haven Line service both in and out of Grand Central Terminal is temporarily suspended and bus service has also been affected, with M1, M102 and M116 buses being re-routed while the collapse of the two buildings is getting under control.
Here is the latest – Large explosion, fire in East Harlem; at least 11 hurt
Update: There are at least two confirmed deaths as firefighters continue to put out the blaze on the two collapsed buildings in New York.
The mayor has now confirmed that the collapses were caused by the gas leak that had been reported but clearly not responded to in time which turns out to be lucky for them, as they would have most likely been inside trying to evaluate the problem to fix when it happened. At this time there are still 12 unaccounted for people that could be inside – two people have been confirmed dead and a dedicated 311 line has been set up for those who are looking for their family members.
The death toll is up to 6 now and four people are still unaccounted for in yesterdays building collapse.