Nearly a full day after the tragedy in East Harlem, the death toll is still on the rise as they continue to pull bodies out of the rubble from the gas explosion that rocked multiple buildings on Wednesday.
Luckily for one little boy, though, he'll live to see another day—thanks to some amazing first responders that heard his cries for help.
David Cesario and Alex Camilo were among the heroes that rescued a young boy trapped under rubble immediately after the explosion.
The little one, who is probably between 7 and 10 years old, was holding on tight to his PlayStation controller when the two men found him scared and in pain.
Alex told reporters:
An overnight rescue effort in New York brought only additional sadness as crews searched the rubble of what used to be two apartment buildings in Harlem.
Firefighters worked throughout the night, with temperatures plummeting, trying to locate any survivors from the apparent gas explosion. They found none.
Seven people have now been found dead. One victim pulled from the debris was so badly burned, their identity has yet to be confirmed.
To make matters worse, five additional people are still unaccounted for.
The search for those individuals continues today. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to update the city and the world on the latest information later this morning.
Such a tragedy.
Stay tuned for more details.
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We have updated news out of Manhattan, but all of it is sad.
As we reported earlier, a possible gas leak caused a huge explosion in East Harlem on Wednesday and basically destroyed two buildings.
According to the latest reports, three people were killed, at least 69 were injured, and others are still missing.
Responders and investigators are working around the clock at the scene of the horrific event and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has released a statement.
New York mayor Bill de Blasio arrived on the scene in Harlem where two buildings collapsed following an apparent gas explosion.
He spoke to the media about just what happened at 1644 Park Avenue earlier this morning, saying:
"There was a major explosion that destroyed two buildings. The explosion was based upon a gas leak. A heavy fire has ensued as well.”
More than 200 firefighters have been battling the blaze. The FDNY is reporting at least two casualties, both of them women.
Mayor de Blasio also touched upon how sudden this disaster happened, saying:
UPDATE: The number of fatalities reported from the scene has risen to two
More details are coming in about the building that collapsed in New York this morning…
At least one person has been killed. The FDNY is also reporting 16 other injuries.
Reports are that utility company Con Ed was called about a possible gas leak BEFORE the explosion occurred at the building! Neighbors also say they smelled gas before the blast occurred.
The city block continues to burn and has now become a 5-alarm fire, with 168 firefighters on the scene!
Stay tuned for more details.
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A man was arrested in Minneapolis after he shouted racial slurs at an eight-year-old, punched him in the face, and then stole his iPad!
What the EFF.
Apparently, the 32-year-old man, Aaron Wayne Stillday, approached the child after he was leaving his daycare center with the iPad in hand.
He screamed at the child:
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