East Harlem building explosion affecting transit, traffic

Two residential buildings on Park Avenue at 116th Street, right next to the Metro-North track, collapsed this morning

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This morning, two buildings mysteriously collapsed in East Harlem. The FDNY rushed to the scene at East 116th Street and Park Avenue in response to reports of people injured by and trapped in the rubble. Bystanders said they heard an explosion, felt surroundings building shake, and saw flames and heavy smoke coming from the scene. The force of the damage also blew out the windows of nearby structures.


Firefighters are working to extinguish the flames, and paramedics are helping the people involved; so far, 11 injuries and one fatality have been reported. A livestream of the situation is available via Bloomberg TV. The cause of the damage is unclear as of now.


As a result of the developing situation, traffic and trains have been affected. 116th Street is closed from Fifth Avenue to Lexington Avenue. All Metro-North rail service in and out of Grand Central is suspended, since debris from the building landed on the elevated train tracks on 116th Street and Park Avenue. Subways are running, but the lines that run through the area—the 4, 5 and 6—are operating slowly, so expect delays.


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