Explosion and Fire in the East Village

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 reports: Firefighters were on the scene of an apparent explosion on Thursday afternoon in the East Village, and a building at the site appeared to have been partially destroyed while another building was engulfed in flames.

A witness reported hearing a large explosion at the five-story building, which is at the corner of Second Avenue and Seventh Street.

The authorities were closing down the surrounding streets, concerned about the building collapsing further and sending debris flying.

Officials said that they could not say yet if anyone was in the building when it collapsed or if anyone was in the neighboring building that was in flames. Read the rest of this entry »