A man crossing the street near the property seconds before the explosion is blown back and forced to dodge debris flying from the building.
At least seven people were killed by the blast and more than 70 others were injured. More than 200 firefighters were called to five-alarm fire to douse the flames. One house was leveled and another was heavily damaged, according to police.
As of last night, firefighters and rescue personnel were still digging through the rubble in search of nine residents who are listed as missing.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed (Mar 15) at a news conference today that a gas leak was responsible for the explosion.
The fire is still burning and Consolidated Edison is working to shut down gas lines feeding the fire.
For weeks we’ve been smelling gas,” said Ashley Rivera, 21. “We saw people flying out of the window. Those are my neighbors.”
The building has six floors with one apartment on each floor.
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