Seventh person confirmed killed in New York gas explosion

Seven people have been killed and 74 injured after a gas explosion caused two residential buildings to collapse in New York. 168 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze.

Residents distraught after Harlem building collapse

A large gas explosion leveled two apartment buildings in New York City today, killing at least two women and injuring 55 people.

Read more on the Harlem building collapse

A woman cries as she is brought to the site of a building collapse in Harlem
A woman cries as she is brought to the site of a building collapse in Harlem Credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Firefighters on Park Avenue pour water on the building
Firefighters on Park Avenue pour water on the building Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar
A firefighter stands in smoke filled East 116th street
A firefighter stands in smoke filled East 116th street Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar

Two dead, 55 confirmed injured after Harlem collapse

A large gas explosion leveled two apartment buildings in New York City today, killing at least two women and injuring 55 people.

Read more on the Harlem building collapse

Smoke billows from the site of a building collapse
Smoke billows from the site of a building collapse Credit: REUTERS/Mike Isler/NYonAir
Residents take solace at the scene
A resident (L) who lived in one of the two buildings is comforted by a friend Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar
New York City firefighters examine the rubble
New York City firefighters examine the rubble Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer

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New York mayor: Every effort to locate every loved one

NY Mayor: 'A number of individuals still missing'

Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio told a news conference there a number of people still missing after the Harlem building collapse.

He said: "We know we have lost two people already. There will be a search through the building after the fire is put out looking for those who are missing."

New York City Firefighters dig through the rubble
New York City Firefighters dig through the rubble Credit: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Mr De Blasio added that there will be a "thorough search for a number of missing individuals" and that he has spoken to a number of families looking for loved ones.

Red Cross teams at scene of New York building blast

Greater New York Red Cross communicator Mike de Vulpilliers wrote on Twitter:

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