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.
An off-duty firefighter near the explosion in the East Village Thursday sprang into action, climbing into the smoking building as others were climbing out.
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.
Some passersby who were in the East Village at the time of the devastating explosion and fire Thursday afternoon said they were lucky to be alive – and one woman even said her shirt caught fire.
A gas explosion ripped through two buildings, leaving at least 13 people injured in a bustling section of the East Village Thursday afternoon.
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The suspects have struck at least seven stores since late January. Police said the robbers target high-end businesses including Bond Street Chocolate, a cosmetic shop on Spring Street, an art gallery and clothing store on Mott Street.
Police on Monday released a surveillance video in the robbery of a NoLIta wine store – one of several robberies in Lower Manhattan that police believe are connected.
Michael Torres is accused of causing $100,000 worth of damage, including broken statues and crucifixes.
Jimmy McMillan, the man who has become famous for making his political name over the claim that “the rent is too damn high,” said Tuesday that he is running the risk of losing his place to live.
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Around 6 a.m. Sunday, the suspect allegedly followed a 22-year-old woman into the building and up the stairwell at East Sixth Street and Avenue D before trying to rape her.
Police believe the same suspect is behind an attempted rape and a groping incident that occurred 12 days apart in the East Village.