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Possible gas explosion causes injuries and buildings to collapse in New York

Details are being reported of the sound of an explosion on Wednesday morning where a fire had started inside of a five-story building in East Harlem in New York. According to the New York Daily News on March 12, witnesses said that they saw people flying out the windows when the blast occurred.

Fire and explosion rocked Harlem in New York.
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The New York Fire Department has reported that there have been at least 11 injuries so far and possibly one fatality. The 911 call came in around 9:30 a.m. this morning as they rushed to the scene. Supposedly, the blaze started in the Absolute Piano Store on Park Avenue, followed by the explosion. Bystanders stood by watching as medics arrived to tend to the wounded. A young boy was seen being treated that looked to be badly burned, as well a woman that was brought out on a stretcher.

A young man working at a nearby barbershop said that the explosion shook the shop he was in at the time as all of the chaos followed.

"It was loud, like boom, boom!" Mitch Abreu said. "It rocked the whole block. A window blew out of the other shop down the street. It looked like the towers all over again. People covered in dust and covering their mouths."

As the building collapsed from the explosion and fire, clouds of smoke was seen in the distance. Windows were also shattered of nearby buildings. A few cars were reported going by the brick building when the explosion occurred resulting in them having to be rescued from their vehicles.

Firefighters are now going through the rubble to find any other victims that might still be unaccounted for, as well as starting the task of investigating the exact cause of the accident.

A few people have said that they have smelled the scent of gas for weeks, making this a possible gas explosion.

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