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.
Emergency crews responded to a small plane crash on the southwest end of the Santa Barbara airport Monday afternoon.
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Authorities want to know who left six dead animals wrapped in plastic bags on the side of the road.
Santa Maria police arrest a man accused of driving drunk and threatening officers.
New research published in the International Journal of Obesity weighs the value of Body Mass Index and found fault with 47 percent of the results.
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Actress Brie Larson will not be attending Monday night's "Outstanding Performer of the Year" tribute in person, Santa Barbara International Film Festivals officials confirmed.
Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.
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One person suffered injuries from a house fire in the 600 block of Woodland Drive in Los Osos Monday afternoon.
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Police arrested John Stacey Roller, 46, in connection with a bank robbery that occurred at the Rabobank in Buellton last Friday.
Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Geza Rohrig, Alicia Vikander and Jacob Tremblay were all honored with the SBIFF Virtuosos Award on Saturday. The event was moderated by Dave Karger and the awards presented by Leonard Maltin.
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