|2 NYC buildings collapse, 2 dead, others missing
Updated Mar 12, 02:03 PM
NEW YORK - A thunderous explosion flattened two East Harlem apartment buildings Wednesday as utility workers were on their way to investigate a report of a gas leak, killing at least two people, injuring more than 20 and leaving over a dozen others unaccounted for.
People went running into the streets, and the two five-story buildings on Park Avenue at 116th Street, near the northeastern corner of Central Park, were reduced to a burning heap of bricks and metal.
Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee said a resident from a building next to the two that were destroyed had reported smelling gas inside his apartment and thought the odor could be coming from outside.