Twenty-two people were injured, four critically, after the powerful blast and fire sent flames soaring and debris flying Thursday afternoon. Six members of the FDNY were hurt in the operation.
Two people remain unaccounted for after an apparent gas explosion in the East Village that leveled three five-story buildings.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said the evidence pointed to a gas explosion in the blast that destroyed several buildings in the East Village – even though there were no reports of odors or leaks.
A gas explosion ripped through four buildings and ended up leveling three of them, leaving a total of 19 people injured in a bustling section of the East Village Thursday afternoon.
A memorial service Thursday is commemorating the one-year anniversary of a gas explosion in East Harlem that leveled two buildings and killed eight people.
There is a demand for an investigation into what has become a plague in New York City this winter — exploding manholes that have put the public in danger, even sending some people to the hospital.
Con Edison spokesman Sidney Alvarez says several crews are responding to the affected buildings on 30th Street between 8th and 9th avenues.
Con Edison said it is restoring gas to buildings on the Pace University campus after a gas leak forced students to evacuate on Wednesday.
Since last week’s snowstorm, crews have responded to at least 300 manhole fires in New York City, including two Thursday morning on West 71st Street near Central Park West.
The fire began around 11:30 a.m. on Prospect Park West between Fifth and Sixth streets.
A manhole cover popped right off as thick black smoke burst out of the manhole in Long Island City Sunday morning.
Sections of south and east New Rochelle went dark just before 11 a.m.
A state probe into the deadly East Harlem building explosion last March has revealed flaws in the training of Con Edison workers who handle underground natural gas pipes, according to a published report.
Con Edison has launched a program aimed at deterring copper wire thefts and protecting its equipment.
An attorney for the Westchester Police Revolver and Rifle League said the decision was politically motivated.