Police and firefighters are on the scene at 125 Second Avenue, a residential and commercial building
Police and firefighters are on the scene of a building collapse that followed an explosion in New York City’s East Village neighborhood.
According to CBS New York, the explosion and ensuing collapse were reported at 121 Second Avenue, a residential and commercial building, around 3:20 p.m. on Thursday.
The Fire Department confirmed multiple injuries have been reported, with at least two people being taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. The building next to 121 Second Avenue, 123 Second Avenue, is said to have collapsed as well, and firefighters are still fighting flames at 125 Second Avenue, reports Gothamist.
It is currently unclear what caused the initial explosion and seven-alarm fire, but police say a gas explosion may be to blame.
According to Department of Building records, there was a stop-work order on the building issued in 2004. Con Edison has currently shut down gas to the area, while emergency responders have shut down the blocks surrounding the affected buildings.