NYC East Village Explosion
At least 12 people are injured after a fire and building collapse in the East Village.
An explosion inside a building in the East Village has sparked a massive fire and caused one building to collapse, officials and witnesses say.
The buildings at 121 and 123 Second Ave. between 7th Street and St. Marks Place were engulfed in flames after an explosion at 121, according to officials.
The building at 123 has collapsed.
Huge flames were shooting out of the front of the buildings in the five-alarm blaze, and thick plumes of white smoke could be seen billowing from the structures in the tightly packed, business-heavy neighborhood.
The tall flames and smoke could be seen from at least 20 blocks north.
The FDNY says 12 people were injured in the fire, three of them critically. Two of those patients were taken to Cornell with serious burns and a third unconscious patient was taken to Bellevue.
All firefighters were accounted for after the explosion, the FDNY said.
Con Edison has shut down gas service in the area. The utility says it’s looking into whether gas complaints were filed there recently.
A neighbor who lives on Second Avenue and East 7th Street told NBC 4 New York he was home when he heard a loud explosion that “shook everything.”
“When I went outside, I saw people running and broken glass everywhere,” said the neighbor, a music producer who gave his name as David.
He said within two minutes, at least 20 fire trucks rushed to the scene and more were still arriving as he spoke to NBC 4 New York.
A five-alarm fire draws 45 units and 200 firefighters.
Prayers for everyone affected.