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New York explosion leaves church damaged and many homeless

EXPLOSION CAUSES TWO BUILDINGS TO COLLAPSE IN MANHATTAN'S EAST HARLEM NEIGHBORHOOD
EXPLOSION CAUSES TWO BUILDINGS TO COLLAPSE IN MANHATTAN'S EAST HARLEM NEIGHBORHOOD
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Spanish Christian Church, in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood, was destroyed yesterday in an explosion that has left at least 3 dead and dozens injured.

Sources say the six apartments at 1644 Park Avenue housed approximately 20 of Spanish Christian Church's 60 members.

"The tenants now are homeless and have lost all of their personal possessions," said Tony Carnes A Journey Through NYC Religions magazine publisher. "Local pastors have also gathered to plan out ways to help the church."

Carmen Vargas-Rosa, the church's financial secretary, told CBS-2 during a morning interview that the church's building had six tenants, and four people were missing at that time. The NYT later reported that "most of the tenants of 1644 Park were parishioners of the church, or affiliated with it in some way."

"God is getting me through this," church pastor Thomas Perez told the NYT.

Ministers from Queens, the Bronx and East Harlem led a prayer vigil around 6 p.m last night.