East Harlem Explosion
Con Edison crews discovered an alarming natural gas concentration near the scene of the deadly East Harlem building explosion this week, a National Transportation Safety Board member said Friday.
More than 100 people who lost their homes in the blast will be given both temporary and long-term housing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday.
Anyone needing help with pets affected by the explosion should call the NYC Disaster Relief Pet Hotline at 866-816-4804.
Eight people are now confirmed dead in the blast that also injured more than 60 others. Others are still believed to be missing.
About two dozen clergy members and community leaders gathered for a vigil just one day after a fatal gas explosion in East Harlem.
The MTA provided buses throughout the night to take people from a Red Cross center to a shelter at the Salvation Army.
City officials were refuting reports Thursday that complaints about gas leaks at the site of Thursday’s massive explosion in East Harlem were ignored by police, fire and Con Edison.
“It’s God’s will, although we won’t understand his doing, but we have the peace he gave us and we just trust it’s going to be better,” said Pastor Thomas Perez, whose Spanish Christian Church was decimated along with the neighboring building in Wednesday morning’s explosion.
Investigations into the East Harlem explosion have been launched by the Fire Department of New York, Con Edison, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board.
The scene of the massive explosion in East Harlem Wednesday was a cause for concern as the street filled with dust and smoke.
An explosion Wednesday morning leveled the structures, killing two people and injuring dozens more. Officials said a number of people are still missing.