Firefighters Remain On Scene Of East Village Blast, Fire That Left 19 Hurt

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Firefighters are working to put out pockets of fire at the site of a blaze that leveled three buildings in the East Village.

A fire department spokesman says about 200 firefighters and medical staff are on the scene Friday morning. He says large volumes of water are being poured over the rubble.

Because the building collapsed, he says it could take days to bring the fire under control.

Nineteen people were injured, four critically after an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying on Second Avenue Thursday.

The blast caused three five-story buildings to collapse within a few hours of each other. A fourth, seven-story building, suffered extensive fire damage.

“There was a loud explosion that shook the whole block, windows shook and when we walked out to look and investigate the whole building on Second Avenue and 7th was blown out,” said Brandon…

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