12 Injured After Apparent Gas Explosion, Collapse At East Village Buildings

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A gas explosion ripped through four buildings, leaving at least 12 people injured in a bustling section of the East Village Thursday afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The explosion was reported at around 3:17 p.m. at 7th Street and Second Avenue. Fire crews were on the scene within three minutes, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

“It was very quick; it was very instantaneous – kaboom,” a witness told CBS2’s Valerie Castro.

Twelve people were injured, de Blasio said. Three people were in critical condition. Two of them were rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with every one of them and their families. Of course, we are praying that no other individuals are injured, and there are no fatalities,” de Blasio said.

The explosion resulting fire tore through 119, 121, 123 and 125 Second Ave…

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