Seven Dead After Harlem Building Collapse

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

[Updated 7:30 a.m.] Fire department officials have now confirmed seven fatalities.

[Updated 4:50 a.m.] Fire department officials confirmed early Thursday morning six people are dead from the explosion that rocked Harlem on Wednesday.

[Updated 10:35 p.m.] A resident of a New York City apartment building that was flattened by an explosion says the smell of gas was "unbearable" and residents complained about it repeatedly.

Ruben Borrero says residents complained to the landlord about the smell as recently as Tuesday, a day before the explosion.

He says a few weeks ago, city fire officials were called about the smell because it was so bad that a resident on the top floor busted open the door to the roof for ventilation.

The explosion leveled two buildings and many people are still unaccounted for, according to the city. The Associated Press said more than 60 people were injured.

Borrero lived on the second floor with his mother and sister. None of them were at home at the time of the explosion, but he assumes his terrier is dead.

Con Edison says it received no gas complaints from the building before Wednesday.


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Comments [11]


But which building had the explosion?

Mar. 12 2014 04:05 PM

My first thought was gas.
My second theory was an anti-music radical-Muslim attack on the piano shop.
The Con Ed report supports the more prosaic explanation.

Mar. 12 2014 02:46 PM
inwoodite from Inwood, NYC

I heard it this morning, thought it was thunder. Didn't realize it till I heard the time of the explosion later. I'm in Inwood. Crazy.

Mar. 12 2014 01:02 PM
Peg from Finger Lakes

Given that our national infrastructures are crumbling, we'll most likely be seeing more and more of these type gas explosions - especially since we plan to turn our country into Natural"Gaslands" with thousands of miles of new gas pipelines to provide more of this fossil fuel energy.

Wish we had the will to invest more of our brains and resources to develop safer, cleaner alternatives to dirty, old fashioned fossil fuel solutions for our energy independence.

So sorry to hear about the tragic loss of lives, many injuries and totally disrupted local area.

Mar. 12 2014 12:32 PM
john from office

Bloomberg would let the emergency happen, before the news conference. A little soon for talking heads, no?

Medals to all involved to follow, today!

Mar. 12 2014 12:22 PM
Eyes Stapled Shut

Brian, get a drone and report on this yourself please.

Mar. 12 2014 12:17 PM
Gene from NYC

Isn't that the approximate location where the Metro North worker was killed last week?

Mar. 12 2014 12:03 PM
s rose from Fort Lee

My house shook and I heard the explosion in Fort Lee!

Mar. 12 2014 12:03 PM
Einat Lev

You can see the signal of the building collapse on a seismic station located in central Park:

Mar. 12 2014 11:12 AM

it's 1644/1646 Park Ave, corner of 116th and park.

Mar. 12 2014 11:03 AM
dfsdfsdfsdf from dsdfgsdf

why is nbc universal carrying this event live on this publicly funded wnyc?
have you not heard of ABC or CBS or FOX.

Mar. 12 2014 11:00 AM

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