New York police and fire officials were responding to reports of a massive explosion in Manhattan's East Harlem, authorities said Wednesday.
At least 11 minor injuries were reported as clouds of dark smoke rose over the residential neighborhood of red-brick tenements
"I hope there is no one in there. It's just rubble," a worker at a nearby flea market said.
At least 168 firefighters from 39 New York City Fire Department units were at the scene.
Metro North commuter rail service, which runs along the site of the blast on Park Avenue, was suspended.
Clouds of dark smoke could be seen for a three-block radius as hundreds of rescue officials descended on the scene.
In the immediate aftermath, witnesses described a panicked scene, with people running, unsure what was happening.
"I heard this loud explosion and I just jumped and all my windows popped in," David Ramirez, 55, who lives in the area, told The New York Times. "My building shook and smoke started coming in."
A firefighter surveys the damage at the scene of the building collapse.
Utility workers look at a gas line near the scene of a massive building explosion in East Harlem.
Firefighters head to the scene of the building collapse.
Fire crews spray water on the smoldering wreckage of an apartment building that collapsed in East Harlem.
More than 50,000 grocery workers in Southern California are asking consumers to boycott Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons.
It was quite the scare for employees and customers at the Jamba Juice located at 530 E. Betteravia Road in Santa Maria when a car smashed through its glass windows late Monday afternoon.
Three Santa Barbara County Jail custody deputies are recovering after being attacked by an inmate at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men believed to be responsible for a string of car burglaries throughout Santa Maria and Santa Ynez Valley.
A plan to have fresh water from an ocean desalination plant flowing into the system by October in Santa Barbara is behind schedule and that's causing concerns. A new schedule shows drinking water won't be produced, tested and approved until January.
An underground vault filled with thousands of historic Old Spanish Days pieces were opened exclusively for NewsChannel 3.
24 year old Mario Saldivar facing four year prison sentence for crime spree.
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Santa Maria Police arrested the suspect in last week's Conserv Fuel gas station shooting. He's been identified as 41-year-old Nipomo resident Pedro Santiago.
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The City of Brotherly Love and the Wells Fargo Center play host to 2016 Democratic National Convention.
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A mix of high-profile politicians, celebrities and community activists are scheduled to speak during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
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