Six dead after New York gas explosion

A sixth person has been confirmed dead following an explosion that flattened two buildings in New York City. A gas leak triggered the blast yesterday morning on Park Avenue in […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A sixth person has been confirmed dead following an explosion that flattened two buildings in New York City.

A gas leak triggered the blast yesterday morning on Park Avenue in East Harlem, which also led to more than 60 injured people. It shattered windows a block away, rained debris onto railroad tracks close by and sent people running into the streets.

Rescue crews started searching the debris after the fire was put out and emergency services confirmed the death toll had risen to six people in total, with several still missing.

The two destroyed buildings, 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue, were both said to be five-storey brick apartment buildings.

Copyright: Rob Bennett/ NYC Mayor's Office
Copyright: Rob Bennett/ NYC Mayor’s Office
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday told a news conference the gas leak had been reported to utility firm Con Edison 15 minutes before the blast.

The fiery blast erupted at around 9.30am local time after a neighbouring resident reported smelling gas.