Dramatic Images: NYC Building Collapse

Two buildings collapsed in Manhattan after a gas leak explosion, killing several people and injuring dozens of others, authorities say. Smoke could be seen from midtown, a few miles away.

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Firefighters battle a blaze after a gas leak explosion in East Harlem. Credit: @paulbassett
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Two buildings collapsed in Manhattan after a report of an explosion, authorities say. The buildings located at 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue are 5 story buildings. Both collapsed to the first floor.
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A man receives medical attention after an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The blast happened after a neighbor reported smelling natural gas.
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Victims are treated after an explosion and building collapse. Credit: Alexander Öhman/@Alleohman
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Police move people away from the scene of an explosion and building collapse in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The explosion leveled an apartment building, and sent flames and billowing black smoke above the skyline.
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Firefighters battle a fire after a building collapse in the East Harlem. The two building affected are located at 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue. Both are 5 story buildings. Both have collapsed to the first floor.
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NBC News
Two buildings on Park Avenue partially collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the five alarm incident. More than a dozen people have been transferred to hospital with injuries.
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Passersby watch as rescue efforts continue after an explosion and building collapse in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The explosion leveled an apartment building, and sent flames and billowing black smoke above the skyline.
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Passersby watch as rescue efforts continue after an explosion and building collapse in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The explosion leveled an apartment building, and sent flames and billowing black smoke above the skyline.
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Rescue workers remove an injured person on a stretcher following a building explosion and collapse in East Harlem, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in New York.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, arrives to visit the site of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee says a resident from a building adjacent to the two that collapsed reported that he smelled gas inside his apartment, but thought the odor could be coming from outside.
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Police respond to the scene of an explosion and building collapse in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The explosion leveled an apartment building, and sent flames and billowing black smoke above the skyline.
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Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan March 12, 2014 in New York City.
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Jim Seida / NBC News
At least two buildings on Park Avenue have collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the five alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries.
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Firefighters respond to an apartment building explosion in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The building exploded in huge flames and billowing black smoke, leading to the collapse of at least one building.
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Heavy smoke pours from the debris as the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) responds to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan March 12, 2014 in New York City. Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left at least 16 injured and 1 dead..
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Police move people away from the scene of an explosion and building collapse in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The explosion leveled an apartment building, and sent flames and billowing black smoke above the skyline.
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Rescue workers remove an injured person on a stretcher after a building collapse in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
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FDNY Twitter Account @FDNY
Photo via FDNY Twitter Account @FDNY. FDNY has 39 units and 168 members responding. The scene is developing.
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Jim Seida / NBC News
Broken glass letters the floor of the community room of a nearby apartment building. At least one building on Park Avenue has partially collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the four alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries.
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Pic of Injury at Scene Courtesy Luis Quinones
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Firefighters respond to a fire on 116th Street in Harlem after a building exploded in huge flames and billowing black smoke, leading to the collapse of at least one building and several injuries, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in New York.
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Photo from The Uniformed Firefighters Association. Follow @UFANYC
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Photo via @orangeadnan/Twitter
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FDNY said it was responding to 116th Street and Park Avenue. Smoke could be seen from midtown, a few miles away.
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Members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force have responded to the scene - interacting with the FDNY and NYPD. But this is only out of an abundance of caution - no indication this is terrorism. This is routine response to incident like this.
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Explosion view from 116th and park
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FDNY has asked for a 4th alarm for the incident at 1646 and 1644 Park Avenue. There are 200 + firefighters on the scene.
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Sarah Mak
Photo from Sarah Mak. “Hi I live uptown a bit and the explosion shook me out of bed. I have a view of the building and I got these photos a few minutes ago.”
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Credit: @orangeadnan/Twitter
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Juan Vasquez
Harlem Salon damage courtesy of Juan Vasquez
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At least one building on Park Avenue has partially collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the four alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries. (Jim Seida / NBC News)
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Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan March 12, 2014 in New York City.
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At least two buildings on Park Avenue have collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the five alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries. (Jim Seida / NBC News)
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Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left many injured.
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Jim Seida / NBC News
At least one building on Park Avenue has partially collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the four alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries.
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At least two buildings on Park Avenue have collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the five alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries. (Jim Seida / NBC News)
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At least two buildings on Park Avenue have collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the five alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries.
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At least one building on Park Avenue has partially collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the four alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries. (Jim Seida / NBC News)
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Jim Seida / NBC News
At least one building on Park Avenue has partially collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the four alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries.
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At least one building on Park Avenue has partially collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the four alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries. (Jim Seida / NBC News)
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Jim Seida / NBC News
At least two buildings on Park Avenue have collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the five alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries.
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Jim Seida / NBC News
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Jim Seida / NBC News
Two buildings on Park Avenue partially collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the five alarm incident. More than a dozen people have been transferred to hospital with injuries.
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Jim Seida / NBC News
At least one building on Park Avenue has partially collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the five alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries.
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Jim Seida / NBC News
At least two buildings on Park Avenue have collapsed following a reported explosion near 116th St. in New York, March 12, 2014. Dozens of FDNY units and over a hundred firefighters are responding to the five alarm incident. Several people have been transferred to hospital with injuries.
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