New York City – March 26, 2015 – There were about 19 people who have been injured after two buildings collapsed following an explosion in New York City. It was Thursday afternoon when a horde of fighters consisting of 200 men all came together to help put a stop to a fire that has affected four buildings after the explosion.
According to Mayor Bill De Blasio, the situation was described as very fluid but there were no reports of missing persons.
There is still no definite knowledge as to what made the fire much stronger but the officials believe that there was an ongoing work being made on the gas utilities before the explosion occurred.
When it had occurred, the explosion had not only caused quite a stir, but it had also ignited a fire in a building that housed a sushi bar which had soon spread out on the adjacent buildings.
It was 15:17 when the emergency dispatchers had first started to receive calls and reports about the unfortunate incident and after about three minutes of waiting, emergency services had immediately arrived.
New York University and the Washington Square Park were both located near the buildings that are on Second Avenue at East Seventh Street. The East Village at Manhattan can be described as a business neighborhood due to all the various businesses that are established there such as restaurants and apartments.
As the fire raged on, you would be able to see the thick plumes of dark smoke across Manhattan.
28-year old Ben McKinnon was at a café drinking coffee when the explosion occurred across the street. He described the explosion as intense and big enough to blow up the café door open. McKinnon also said that you could also see the bloodied men as they emerge from the sushi house outside.
Another witness, Adil Choudbury, lives nearby and said that he had heard a loud boom. When he saw the building, Adil said that there was smoke everywhere and flames were coming out from the roof and out of every window.
Now, officials are also concerned with the air quality of the area that is why they had advised residents who live nearby to close their windows.