New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling this morning’s deadly building explosion in East Harlem a “tragedy of the worst kind.”
The mayor says the only warning came about 15 minutes earlier when a gas leak was reported to Con Edison. Two crews were dispatched, but arrived shortly after the explosion at East 116th Street and Park Avenue. He says firefighters were there within two minutes. At least 18 people were injured and many are missing, but could be safe.
A thorough search will be conducted once the five-alarm fire has been put out.