Shortly before this morning's blast, New York utility Con Edison received a call about a possible gas leak from an apartment building nearby, a Con Edison official told CNN. A utility truck was dispatched but the explosion happened before it arrived, the official said.
CNN's John Berman says an odor was reported at 9:13 a.m. from 1652 Park Avenue, just a few doors from 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue.
CNN iReporti was actually right on the next building while i heard a huge explosion inside my apartment i thought the Metro North derailed, the whole building just shaken for a moment. i ran downstairs and took ...
by Dorrine Mendoza3/12/2014 3:46:32 PM
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is now at the scene of the disaster.
We hear NYPD commissioner William Bratton is on his way as well.
by Rachel Clarke3/12/2014 3:48:55 PM
Details from gas company
Con Edison, the local power company, is tweeting out what happened when.
It says a call of a gas odor came in at 9:13 a.m. and a crew was sent out two minutes later. That crew got there just after the explosion at 9:40 a.m.
A second person has died as a result of the Harlem building collapse, a New York Police Department officer told CNN. Both of the dead are female, according to the officer. An earlier report said a man had been killed.
The names of the women have not been released.
by Rachel Clarke3/12/2014 3:59:28 PM
More fire crews
There are now more than 250 firefighters working to tackle the blaze and search for victims.