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Breaking News: Explosion kills two in Harlem

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At least two people were killed this morning after an explosion in Harlem. New York Police and Fire Departments and other first responders are on the scene at aa6th Street and Park Avenue. Con Ed is also on scene, investigating local (NY) media are reporting to be the result of a gas leak.

The two deceased are both women. There are also at least 18 injured. First responders are still searching for other survivors.

Two buildings were destroyed and others are heavily damaged. The fire – now a five alarm fire – still rages.

The incident occurred at 9:30 a.m. Con Ed received a call at 9:13 a.m. reporting a gas leak. ConEd is in the process of shutting off the various gas mains going into the building.

“Once again we have been shown what our first responders are capable of doing,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference.

The buildings included residential units as well as a church and various businesses.

Relatives can now call #311. A special hotline will be set up shortly.

The Metro North line travel is suspended in and out of Grand Central Terminal until further notice. Please use alternate routes and expect delays: http://new.mta.info/mnr.

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