At least two people have been reported dead, and sixteen others injured, after a massive explosion and subsequent fire this morning in East Harlem. Around 9:13 am, the utility company Con Ed received a call reporting a gas leak. The company dispatched service trucks to the scene, but before they arrived, an explosion occurred that resulted in the collapse of two buildings. Over 100 firefighters arrived on the scene to help put out the ensuing fire.
So far, 4 of the injured individuals have been taken to Harlem Hospital, and a hospital worker reported that one of these individuals is a child currently listed in critical condition. The area in which the explosion occurred contains mostly residential buildings and small businesses, and residents and workers in the area reported hearing an extremely loud explosion, followed by plumes of black smoke pouring from the affected buildings. Metro North commuter rail service has been shut down temporarily, as debris from the explosion landed on the tracks.
We plan to follow this story closely, and will provide more information when updates become available.
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