New York building collapses injuring 30 after ‘massive gas explosion’

The blast was so severe it left once witness likening it to the 9/11 terror attacks...

New York building collapses injuring 30 after ‘massive gas explosion’

More than 30 people were left injured after a “massive gas explosion” ripped through a New York apartment block causing it to partially collapse. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene shortly before 3.30pm in Manhattan’s trendy East Village amid reports more than a dozen people were trapped. Specialists teams join emergency crews including rescue dogs.

Thick grey smoke billowed in to the air covering much of the Big Apple’s famous city skyline as firefighters struggled to contain the flames. As many as 30 people were reported to be injured. Many speculated it was a possible gas leak similar to the one which left eight people dead in March last year.

The blast was so severe it left once witness, Mitch Abreu, 23, likening it to the 9/11 terror attacks. Authorities said at least 12 people were injured – three critically – after the five-story building collapsed and surrounding apartments caught fire. All of the casualties were civilians. Fears more were trapped inside led to a dramatic search of the rubble but Mayor Bill de Blasio said no one had been reported missing. Workers from gas and electrical utility Con Edison had been working on meters inside the building but there were no reports of a gas leak before the incident, he added. As a precaution the gas supply in the area was turned off after 5pm.



Source : PTI

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