There was just an explosion on 2nd avenue and 7th street east village pic.twitter.com/jvSbfdCSSe— Jonathan (@jmeyers44) March 26, 2015
[Photo by Jonathan Jones]
3:29 p.m. FDNY says a building collapse at 125 Second Ave. (Officially it's 121 and 123 Second Ave.)
MAN 3-ALARM 125 2 AVE, MIXED OCCUPANCY MAJOR BUILDING COLLAPSE,— FDNY (@FDNY) March 26, 2015
3:31 p.m. The scene from East Sixth Street between Second Avenue and Cooper Square
123 Second Ave explosion. FDNY here. pic.twitter.com/fvpeeu6fhp— Scott Westerfeld (@ScottWesterfeld) March 26, 2015
Second Ave is closed to traffic from 9th Street all the way to Houston. Crowd control underway. No pedestrians allowed from 9th to 7th.— Scott Westerfeld (@ScottWesterfeld) March 26, 2015
3:56 p.m. The Post reports that up to 30 people are injured. The FDNY is trying to contain the fires from spreading to more buildings on the west side of Second Avenue between East Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place...
[Image via @brittanyTvisser]
4:13 p.m. Coverage from WABC-7...
The FDNY arrived on the scene to find a sushi restaurant on the lower level collapsed and smoke pluming throughout the building. Then flames began shooting through the roof and quickly spread to a neighboring building.
Firefighters were pouring water onto the flames, but they had to pull back due to the intensity, and fire officials expected one or both of the buildings would eventually fall.
[Photo via @mesh_mellow]
4:20 p.m. The scene now looking north on Second Avenue by peter radley...
The scene from East Fifth Street and Second Avenue...
4:22 p.m. The scene from East Seventh Street and First Avenue via John Iz...
4:33 p.m. The scene from East Seventh Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue via John Iz...
In East Village, firefighters draw water from a block away. pic.twitter.com/InD683Exhh— Stephen Nessen (@s_nessen) March 26, 2015
More from the NYPD Special Ops...
5:05 p.m. A reader just shared this video ... not sure of the exact time...
5:06 p.m. From The Wall Street Journal:
A preliminary investigation indicated the fire and building collapse was due to a gas explosion, the official said.
The scene created chaos in the East Village, a neighborhood filled with apartment buildings, restaurants and bars. Perry Kroll, who lives a block away, said he felt his whole building shake, and all of his neighbors spilled out into the street.
“There’s an epic smoke column rising from the block,” he said. “I can see really big flames everywhere and chunks of ash falling from the sky. It looks like a building just blew out into the street. It’s just absolute chaos.”
5:13 p.m. From The Neighborhood School on East Third Street between Avenue A and First Avenue
By now I am sure you've heard about the building collapse/fire in the Lower East Side. Our school will be used as a Red Cross Shelter for displaced families starting tonight. If you, or anyone you know needs any kind of assistance, please let me know.
5:20 p.m. The view now from 190 E. Seventh St. via John Iz...
Video shows East Village building collapsing after explosion and intense fire. (courtesy of Daniel Berkowitz.) Watch updates LIVE on NY1: http://bit.ly/1ACyxrgPosted by NY1 on Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Red Cross is setting up at The Neighborhood School on East Third Street… we haven't heard anything about donations for those residents who lost their homes this afternoon…
[Photo by Yenta Laureate]
Clarification from FDNY. blast inside 121 2nd ave. that five story building and 123 next door collapsed, damage to 119 and 125. #1010wins— Al Jones (@aljoneswins) March 26, 2015
6:27 p.m. The Times has updated its story.
A powerful explosion in the East Village on Thursday caused two buildings to collapse and ignited a large fire that quickly spread to neighboring buildings, leaving at least a dozen people injured, at least three of them critically.
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, speaking at a news conference at the scene, said that “preliminary evidence suggests a gas-related explosion” was caused by plumbing and gas work being done at 121 Second Avenue, near Seventh Street.
The explosion and ensuing fire destroyed that building and led to the collapse of an adjacent building, 123 Second Avenue.
Two other buildings were damaged, and one of those buildings was still in danger of collapse, officials said.
The buildings that house Pommes Frites (No. 123) and Sushi Park (No. 121) have been destroyed.
[Photo via @nypost]
7:47 p.m. Here is the full text of Mayor De Blasio's press conference earlier… as well as comments from other city officials...