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