Blaze engulfs building after explosion

  • New York fire crews continue to work in the East Village on March 27, 2015 where a gas explosion causes a fire, destroyed four buildings and injured 25.
  • A man distributes pastries to weary firefighters at the site of an explosion and fire in the East Village neighborhood of New York, March 27, 2015.
  • Firefighters respond to an explosion and partial building collapse in a residential and commercial mixed use multi-story structure in lower Manhattan, New York, N.Y. on March 26, 2015.
  • New York City Fire Department personnel try to extinguish the fire broke out after a massive explosion in a building on 2nd Avenue of Manhattan’s East Village on March 26, 2015 in New York, N.Y.
  • Firefighters watch as their co-workers battle a blaze caused by an explosion that forced two buildings to collapse on Second Avenue in Manhattan’s East Village on March 26, 2015 in New York, N.Y.
  • New York City Fire Department personnel work to extinguish a fire as a building burns after an explosion on 2nd Avenue of Manhattan’s East Village on March 26, 2015 in New York, N.Y.
  • Smoke rises from a burning building after an explosion on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City.
  • New York City Fire Department firefighters battle fire at the site of a residential apartment building collapse and fire in New York City’s East Village neighborhood, March 26, 2015. An apparent gas explosion caused two apartment buildings to collapse and burst into flames, and two others to catch fire, injuring at least 12 people on Thursday in New York City’s East Village neighborhood, authorities said. 
  • A police officer signals residents away from the site of a building fire in the East Village neighborhood of New York City on March 26, 2015. 
  • Civilians watch firefighters battle a blaze caused by an explosion that forced two buildings to collapse on Second Avenue in Manhattan’s East Village on March 26, 2015 in New York City.
  • Firefighters battle a blaze at a residential apartment building in New York City’s East Village neighborhood March 26, 2015.
  • Flames rise from a building fire in the East Village neighborhood of New York City on March 26, 2015.
  • Firemen depart after fighting a building fire following an explosion on 2nd Avenue in the East Village on March 26, 2015 in New York City.
  • New York City firefighters work the scene of a large fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on March 26, 2015. 
  • A building burns after an explosion on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City.
  • Firefighters, reflected in a restaurant’s door, work to extinguish a fire in a building that collapsed in New York, New York March 26, 2015. 

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A fiery explosion destroyed three buildings and ignited a massive blaze in downtown Manhattan, officials and witnesses said Thursday afternoon.

City officials say that at least two people are still unaccounted for following the explosion and subsequent fire that injured 25 people, including four firefighters and one EMS worker, as reported by NBC New YorkNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference that the explosion occurred at a building on Second Avenue in Manhattan’s East Village, causing one building to partially collapse and the one next to it to collapse completely. 

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