New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave an update on the building explosion and collapse that happened in East Harlem on Wednesday morning. At least three are dead, 60 are injured and nine are missing.


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More than 200 firefighters are battling to put out a fire that resulted. The FDNY responded within two minutes of the call for help.

Based on preliminary information, the mayor said the only indication of danger came 15 minutes before the explosion when a gas leak was reported to Con Edison. The explosion occurred before the Con Ed team arrived at the scene.

De Blasio said it was a tragedy of the worst kind because “there was no warning in advance.”

Once the fire is put out, there will be a search in the building for those who are missing. “I emphasize that those who are missing could well be safe in another location and just not contacted yet,” he said.

Relatives of the missing can contact 311 for more information. A special hotline will be set up shortly.


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