19 Injured In Apparent Gas Explosion, Collapse At East Village Buildings

CBS New York

UPDATED 03/27/15 12:21 a.m.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A gas explosion ripped through four buildings and ended up leveling three of them, leaving a total of 19 people injured in a bustling section of the East Village Thursday afternoon.

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.

A total of 19 people were injured in the blast, the FDNY said. Fourteen were civilians, and four were in critical condition. Seven suffered minor injuries, and four were treated at the scene.

Five of the injured were FDNY members. Four were hospitalized and one was treated at the scene.

The injured people were taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, NewYork Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center…

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