Firefighters in New York say two buildings have collapsed in Manhattan, and people are missing after an apparent explosion.
HARLEM, NY - Firefighters in New York say two buildings have collapsed in Manhattan, and people are missing after an apparent explosion.
The two five-story buildings at the northwest corner of 116th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem collapsed around 9:30 a.m. EST.
The New York City fire department says 16 to 20 people are injured, one woman is dead. FDNY says 15 of those people were treated for minor injuries at the scene. Paramedics took a person with serious trauma to Harlem Hospital.
There's no word yet what caused the blast, but New York Police say there is a current investigation to find out.
Sidewalks for blocks around are littered with broken glass from shattered storefront and apartment windows.
Witnesses say the blast was so powerful it knocked groceries off the shelves of nearby stores. The site is next to Metro-North commuter railroad tracks. Train service is halted to and from Grand Central Terminal.
Police, some wearing gas masks and medical masks, handed out medical masks to residents and onlookers because of the thick white smoke that shrouded the area.
The fire department said it sent nearly 170 members to the scene.