Sunday, July 5, 2015   

New York gas leak explosion kills three
(03-13 09:58)

A major explosion caused by a gas leak flattened two Manhattan apartment buildings in a fireball Wednesday, killing three people and injuring 63 others.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident “a tragedy of the worst kind'' and his office said nine residents from the two collapsed buildings were still unaccounted for by nightfall.
Firefighters battled throughout the afternoon to extinguish the heavy fire in East Harlem.
There were 15 apartments in the two buildings that collapsed, de Blasio and city officials told reporters near the scene at 116th Street and Park Avenue, a mainly Latino community.
About 15 minutes before the blast, energy company Con Edison received a call from an adjoining apartment building alerting maintenance staff to the smell of gas.
The explosion happened at 9:30 am local time.--AFP


   
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