It happened around 4 a.m. outside a building in the area of Livingston Avenue.
The medical examiner said the seven victims died from either blunt trauma or smoke inhalation and classified their deaths as accidents. Results were still pending on the eighth victim.
Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said Saturday crews were nearly finished removing debris from the basements of both of the buildings.
Residents living near a pair of East Harlem buildings claim that they smelled gas in the area the night before a deadly explosion.
During the East Harlem building explosion this week, cellphone video captured the daring rescue of a 79-year-old woman who said she had been abandoned in a medical van.
An exclusive video obtained by CBS 2 showed the deadly blast that took down two buildings in East Harlem as it happened.
Experts have advice on how to deal with the smell of gas and the threat of a leak, whether you live in an apartment building or a private home.
The explosion reduced the two, five-story buildings to rubble, shattered store windows for blocks and hurled glass, bricks and other debris throughout the neighborhood.
Full Metro-North Railroad service in and out of Grand Central Terminal resumed around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, about seven hours after service was disrupted.
An explosion that caused the collapse of two buildings in East Harlem Wednesday morning has shocked the neighborhood.
An explosion Wednesday morning leveled the structures, killing two people and injuring dozens more. Officials said a number of people are still missing.
A woman who was injured in a fiery car crash on Long Island met with her two rescuers Tuesday, they are forever united after the harrowing experience.
The chief of the West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company claims that his department had not been alerted to a gas leak that played a role in a fatal explosion.
A powerful gas explosion at a Ewing town house complex has left at least seven people injured.
Around 5 p.m., the FDNY responded to call of a gas odor at a home on Delaware Street.