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Building collapse: update

12 marzo 2014

According to city officials, the number of fatalities is now 2 persons. The two residential buildings which collapsed are the number 1644 and 1646 of Park Avenue (East Harlem).



One building was occupied, there were people living there, and the number of people missing is still uncertain. It seems that fire is still going, only partially controlled up to now, so the search for people cannot be initiated. Fatalities seem to be inevitable.

The Fire Department said it received the first report at 9:31 a.m., the cause is still not official.

According to the NY Times, in the immediate aftermath of the explosion, witnesses described a panicked scene, with people running, unsure what was happening.

Further updates later. I’ll check NYTimes and ABCnews and the net about the situation.

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