Sylvester Stallone at the opening of the Rocky musical in New York

Rocky musical opens in New York

Sylvester Stallone attended the opening of Rocky the musical in New York last night, the stage show based on his Oscar-winning film.

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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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Mayor confirms gas leak caused explosion

Mayor of New York Bill De Blasio has confirmed that a "gas leak was reported 15 minutes before the incident" which caused the explosion. He also said that 250 firefighters are on scene in Harlem.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at the scene of the explosion.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at the scene of the explosion. Credit: MSNBC

Mayor de Blasio continued by saying: "This is a tragedy of the worst kind" with near 20 injured and reports that two are dead.

Energy firm: Resident reported gas odour before blast

Con Edison, the energy company which services most of New York, confirmed a resident called to "report a gas odour" before the blast:

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Report of a gas odor at 1652 Park came at 9:13 from a resident. 2 #ConEdison crews were dispatched at 9:15 and arrived just after explosion.

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#ConEdison crews are checking gas lines and working to make the area safe. We are working closely with the @fdny.

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@chriswragge @cbsnewyork Call came in at 9:13, crew dispatched at 9:15, explosion occured around 9:40.

Smoke fills New York streets two hours after collapse

NBC New York Correspondent Jonathan Vigilotti said the smoke is "making things difficult" for firefighters searching the area for survivors:

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Scenes of devastation at the Harlem building collapse

The buildings that exploded were both five stories tall and they both had collapsed down to the first floor, according to a senior FDNY official who spoke to NBC News reporter Tom Winter.

Building collapses in Harlem
Residents reported hearing a loud explosion in Harlem. Credit: kliina1654/Instagram

Amateur photographer at the scene Kliina1654 said "So far my building and people in it are OK. Thanks to God!"

Debris and rubble fell into the streets around the site
Debris and rubble fell into the streets around the site Credit: kliina1654/Instagram
Two men lift metal from a rail track after the explosion.
Two men lift metal from a rail track after the explosion Credit: kliina1654/Instagram
Fire and police services at the scene of the explosion
Fire and police services at the scene of the explosion Credit: kliina1654/Instagram

198 firefighters at scene of New York building collapse

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Now: #FDNY operating at 1644/1646 Park Avenue, #Manhattan. There are 44 units/198 members responding. http://t.co/RpwNRwkDJL

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At least 16 injuries reported at the building collapse

The New York Fire Department has updated its social media account by tweeting that 16 people are injured, with the scene still ongoing.

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Now: There are 16 injuries related to the collapse at 1644 & 1646 Park Ave, #Manhattan. The scene is still developing.

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