An explosion blasted through an East Village building at 121 2nd Avenue (which housed Pommes Frites and Sushi Park) just under two hours ago, causing it to collapse and sending towering flames through the neighboring buildings. According to the Associated Press, at least 12 people have been hurt, with at least three in critical condition. CBS is reporting the fire was most likely caused by a gas explosion. The surrounding streets have been closed, and Con Edison is shutting down gas to the area. Smoke is filling the city as firefighters struggle to contain the blaze. We'll keep you posted as more develops.
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