Two die, 18 injured in Manhattan building explosion

03/12/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Manhattan – At least two people were killed and 18 others injured in an explosion at a set of Manhattan apartment buildings on Wednesday. As reported by Yahoo News, the FDNY stated that an explosion in a five-story Park Avenue apartment building near 116th Street in East Harlem was reported just after 9:30 in the morning.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is quoted in the report as stating during a news conference, “This is a tragedy of the worst kind… There was no indication in time to save people.”

The mayor further stated that based on information received so far, “the only indication of danger came about 15 minutes earlier when a gas leak was reported to Con Edison. Con Ed dispatched a team to respond. The explosion occurred before that team could arrive.”

It has yet to be stated what may have cause the explosion and subsequent fire.

According to Blasio, “There are a number of people missing,” however, he stated, “I emphasize that those who are missing could well be safe in another location and just not contacted yet or reachable yet.”

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