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Harlem Building Collapse Update: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Shares New Details At Press Conference On The Scene

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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:

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Manhattan Building Explosion: 3-Alarm Fire Engulfing NYC Neighborhood After Building Collapses

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Oh no!

Firefighters are on the scene at a building collapse in New York City.

A six-story building on 116th Street in East Harlem, between Madison and Park, has reportedly partially collapsed in a three-alarm fire.

Witnesses are reporting a large explosion that blew out the windows as the street became engulfed in smoke.

No official word yet on the cause of the fire, but we do know that the building housed a Spanish Christian Church and piano repair shop. Right now the FDNY is still working on putting out the blaze, with 168 members from 39 units responding.

So far only minor injuries reported; for now we pray that holds.

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