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New York City buildings collapse: As it happened

By Himanshu Kapoor | Last Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 00:32

Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor

10:32 pm: As search for survivors continue, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said that gas leak could be the reason for the huge explosive.

10:13 pm: According to firefighters at the scene, two building collapsed after the massive explosion that shook Harlem.

9:51 pm: According to latest report, two people have died and 17 injured in the building collapse as the search for people feared trapped in the debris continue.

9:40 pm: It is being reported that the New York fire department has termed the incident as the highest threat level possible and dispatched 168 members from more than three dozen fire stations to fight the fire.

9:35 pm: All train services in and out of Grand Central terminal have been reportedly halted following explosion.

9:30 pm: As per reports, New York City Police Department has said that one person has died in the explosion in the East Harlem apartment building.

8:17 pm New York Fire Department is searching for people feared trapped in the debris.

8:07 pm According to reports, at least 11 people have been injured after the explosion in the apartment building.

8:01 pm The Metro-North service has been suspended as debris from the building landed on the elevated train tracks on 116th Street and Park Avenue.

7:58 pm Visiuls shows thick white smoke billowing out of the building. Many people are feared trapped inside the damaged building.

7:50 pm Fire fighters have rushed to the building to douse the fire resulting from the blast.

7:48 pm According to reports, four people are said to be injured.
A high intensity blast in a building in New York`s east Harlem took place on Wednesday causing a section of the building to collapse.

Witnesses reported hearing what sounded like an explosion before the building collapsed.
Flames and smoke could be seen billowing from the street, and video from the scene showed broken windows in neighbouring buildings, the New York Times reported.

First Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 20:09
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