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.

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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.

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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 Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar
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.

Smoke billows from the site of a building collapse Credit: REUTERS/Mike Isler/NYonAir
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 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 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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