East Harlem explosion update: six people dead, 69 injured


NEW YORK: After a massive explosion, two buildings have been collapsed due to gas leak in the East Harlem on Wednesday, in which six people dead and others 69 injured.

The Piano store residences and Spanish Church residences collapsed around 9:30 a.m. The builduings were located at 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue, between 116th and 117th streets.

According to NBC New York, Local hospitals treated almost 69 people for injuries, in which nine people were still missing.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference that the explosion was caused by a gas leak.

In a statement to the New York Daily News, Con Edison confirmed that neighbors called in to complain about the smell of gas just 18 minutes before the explosion.

“This is a tragedy of the worst kind because there was no indication in time to save people,” de Blasio said.

The blast happened near the Metro-North train tracks in Harlem, and service was suspended in and out of Grand Central Terminal as workers cleared debris. Trains were up and running again by the afternoon.

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  1. IftikharA said:

    The Muslim community has been passing through a phase of fourth Crusades. The battleground is the field of education, where the young generation will be educated properly with the Holly Quran in one hand and Sciences in other hand to serve the British society and the world at large. A true Muslim is a citizen of the world, which has become a small global village. We are going to prepare our youth to achieve that objective in the long run. A
    true Muslim believes in Prophet Moses and the Prophet Jesus and without them one
    cannot be a Muslim. My suggestion is that in all state, independent and Christian based school special attention should be given to the teaching of Comparative Religion and Islam should be taught by qualified Muslim Teachers to make the children aware the closeness of Islam to Christianity and Judaism which will help them to think about Islam, as “A Pragmatic and Modern Way of Life,” during their life time.

    Muslim schooling is on the rise in the West. Anti-Muslim attitudes in state schools contribute to its growth. there are 240 to 250 private Islamic schools in the U.S and 188 Muslim schools in the United Kingdom and out of that 12 are state funded. The increasing enrolment in these schools reflects the religion’s growing number of Muslims and the desire
    of parents to shelter young Muslims from discrimination and discomfort they
    might encounter at state schools. But Islamic schools, like mosques and other
    Islamic institutions, can be viewed with distrust and even hostility. Jewish
    Schools in Israel teach Children about Evolution. They have a curious way of
    teaching it. They said the Jews were made by god and the Palestinians evolved
    from apes. On the other hand, Muslim schools teach children that human beings
    are from Adam and Eve(peace be upon them)

    The demand for Muslim schools comes from parents who want
    their children a safe environment with an Islamic ethos. Parents see Muslim
    schools where children can develop their Islamic Identity where they won’t feel
    stigmatised for being Muslims and they can feel confident about their faith.
    Muslim schools are working to try to create a bridge between communities.
    There is a belief among ethnic minority parents that the British schooling does not adequately address their cultural needs. Failing to meet this need could result in feeling resentment among a group who already feel excluded. Setting up Muslim school is a defensive response. State schools with monolingual teachers are not capable to teach English to bilingual Muslim children. Bilingual teachers are needed to teach
    English to such children along with their mother tongue. According to a number
    of studies, a child will not learn a second language if his first language is ignored.

    Muslim Children not only needs religious holidays but also need state funded Muslim Schools.You better teach your children in your own schools and let migrant communities teach their children according to their needs and demands. British Establishment and
    society should concentrate on the evils of their own society and stop trying to
    change the way of life of Muslims. Muslim community does not want to integrate
    with the British society, indulging in incivility, anti-social behaviour, drug
    and knife culture, binge drinking, teenage pregnancies and abortion. Prince
    Charles, while visiting the first grant maintained Muslim school in north
    London, said that the pupils would be the future ambassadors of Islam. But what
    about thousands of others, who attend state schools deemed to be “sink schools”?
    In education, there should be a choice and at present it is denied to the Muslim
    community. In the late 80s and early 90s, when I floated the idea of Muslim
    community schools, I was declared a “school hijacker” by an editorial in the
    Newham Recorder newspaper in east London. This clearly shows that the British
    media does not believe in choice and diversity in the field of education and has
    no respect for those who are different. Muslim schools, in spite of meager
    resources, have excelled to a further extent this year, with couple of schools
    achieving 100% A-C grades for five or more GCSEs. They beat well resourced state
    and independent schools in Birmingham and Hackney. Muslim schools are doing
    better because a majority of the teachers are Muslim. The pupils are not exposed
    to the pressures of racism, multiculturalism and bullying.

  2. Mark McDonald said:

    What does Islam and Radical Islam have in common?

    1. they share the same mosque.

    2. they share the same Iman.

    3. they share the same Quran.

    4. everything is based on their religious beliefs.

    5. they seek to control.

    6.The people of Islam dont condemn what the people of Radical Islam do or vice versa.

    7. Islam and Radical Islam are racist.

    8. Islam and Radical Islam dislike Jews.

    9. The Iman get richer from both Islam and Radical Islam.

    10. Their mosque are used as sleeping quarters for both Islam and Radical Islam and they don’t pay any Lodging Taxes that Motel/Hotels are required to pay.

    11. They share the same God, Allah.

    12. Islam and Radical Islam commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide.

    13. The more Islam and Radical Islam grows, so does the display of the Swastika and in Hate Material.

    14. Islam and Radical Islam love Allah and there is no room for the love of their spouse, children, family members or friends.

    • John El-Amin said:

      What does Christianity and the Christian Knights of the KKK have in common- same Bible, same Jesus, same believe and practice of white racial superiority ( same ad Nazis), same history of killing Indians, stealing their land and 400 years of torture of Africans both people who lived in peace. Read Bartoleme de las Casas.

      My folks grew up on a plantation owned by so called Christians, enslaved when they had done no wrong.

      Self righteous evil people ignore their own history , don’t they?

      As a proud Muslim, I feel sorry for you and anyone else so consumed with hate.

      True Islam and true Christianity and true Judaism is not about hate.

      • Mark McDonald said:

        John your view on whites is misguided. We can start with the killing of Indians, those were the savages that killed whites,Native Americans, Chinese, and black humans. The problems within the Native American has not stop either. The Department of Justice just finished another agreement to help these Tribes stop killing of each other. Go to the DOJ web site and read the news there.

        Second, white people did not invent slaves, it was Muslims that shackled black people with “pug-nosed.” This quote comes directly from Muhammad.