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.