Manhattan Building Collapses After Explosion: How New York Media Is Covering
The East Village building went down shortly before 3:30 EST.
The New York City Fire Department is on the scene after a five-story Manhattan building collapsed following a possible gas explosion.
The building is located near Second Avenue and Seventh Street in the East Village. Four buildings were affected: 119, 121, 123, 125 Second Ave.
In New York, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox broke into their regularly scheduled programming to cover the news.
Gas lines in the area are being shut off for safety reasons, with local media reporting officials believed the building collapsed after a gas explosion. The fire department has declared it a seven-alarm fire.
"I could feel the building vibrate," witness Tom Haynes, who lives in a nearby building, said on CBS. He said the first floor of the building was a restaurant. CBS reported 12 people were confirmed injured, three of them critically injured. Patients were transported to Bellevue Hospital.
ABC reported police dogs were on the scene to assist in the search for people potentially buried in the rubble. The search will not be able to begin until the fire is under control, which retired NYFD chief Vincent Dunn said would take hours.
Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the scene to confirm 12 individuals were known to be injured. He said gas company Con Edison had been working in the area earlier in the day, but it was unclear if it was related to the explosion.
Young adult author Scott Westerfeld tweeted photos from the scene, which the fire department describes as "a major building collapse." It was reported at 3:17 p.m. EST.
The collapse occurred a little more than one year after an explosion of apartment buildings in East Harlem left eight people dead and injured dozens more.
MAN 5-ALARM 125 2 AVE, MIXED OCCUPANCY MAJOR BUILDING COLLAPSE,— FDNY (@FDNY) March 26, 2015
Whole building is in flames now. pic.twitter.com/U3zGUPqi86— Scott Westerfeld (@ScottWesterfeld) March 26, 2015
123 Second Ave explosion. FDNY here. pic.twitter.com/fvpeeu6fhp— Scott Westerfeld (@ScottWesterfeld) March 26, 2015
Okay. I've uploaded some video. http://t.co/5IC7q7xQ1c— Scott Westerfeld (@ScottWesterfeld) March 26, 2015
Empire State Building rises up behind. pic.twitter.com/WOhwS8B8tx— Scott Westerfeld (@ScottWesterfeld) March 26, 2015