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Multiple New York buildings collapse after explosion

Published on Mar 12, 2014 10:23 PM

NEW YORK (REUTERS/AFP/NEW YORK TIMES) - New York firefighters said they are battling a massive blaze in East Harlem on Park Avenue after two buildings collapsed following an explosion reported shortly after 9am on Wednesday.

Officials believe the tragedy might have been triggered by a gas leak.

At least two people had been killed and 18 people injured, said the fire department, adding that it has sent 39 units of equipment and 168 firefighters to the area to fight the five-alarm fire.

“It’s a very active scene. It’s a very chaotic scene,” said Fire Department spokesman Michael Parrella.

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