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New York building fire: two buildings collapse, at least 19 injured

New York City firefighters work the scene of a large fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday, Ma...
New York City firefighters work the scene of a large fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday, Ma...

Building Collapse Manhattan

New York City firefighters work the scene of a large fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday, Ma...

Building Collapse Manhattan

New York City firefighters work the scene of a large fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday, Ma...

A powerful explosion in the East Village, Lower Manhattan, on March 26 caused two buildings to collapse and ignited a large fire that quickly spread to neighboring buildings, leaving at least 19 people injured, with four critically injured and one missing.

Hours after the explosion, the fires spread to two other buildings at 119 and 125 Second Avenue. One of them, 119, was still in danger of collapse, officials said Thursday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said preliminary evidence suggested a gas explosion amid plumbing and gas work inside the building was to blame. A plumber was doing work connected to a gas service upgrade, and inspectors for utility company Con Edison had been there, company President Craig Ivey said. But the work failed to pass the inspection, partly because a space for the new meters wasn't big enough, Con Ed said.

The National Transportation Safety Board has not released the final report, which will provide the conclusions about what caused the explosion.


Updated : 2021-09-18 16:10 GMT+08:00