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Sunday 23 November 2014

New York explosion: One dead and over a dozen injured after building collapses in Upper Manhattan

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12:  Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan March 12, 2014 in New York City. Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left at least 11 injured. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan March 12, 2014 in New York City. Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left at least 11 injured. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan March 12, 2014 in New York City. Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left at least 11 injured. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan March 12, 2014 in New York City. Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left at least 11 injured. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan March 12, 2014 in New York City. Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left at least 11 injured. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan March 12, 2014 in New York City. Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left at least 11 injured. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: A ladder truck pours water as the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan March 12, 2014 in New York City. Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left at least 11 injured. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12: Heavy smoke pours from the debris as the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) responds to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan March 12, 2014 in New York City. Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left at least 11 injured. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

At least one person has died and a dozen others injured after an explosion caused the collapse of a building in New York City.

The blast happened at around 9am local time on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters are dealing with the "multiple dwelling explosion and collapse".

At least a dozen people have been injured, according to officials from the fire department.

The five-storey building appeared to have been reduced to rubble.

TV news footage showed billowing smoke and firefighters dousing the site from ladder trucks. Bricks also cover parked vehicles.

It's not clear what the cause of the reported explosion was.

It's understood debris on nearby train tracks has caused the halt of some services in the area.

One eyewitness told NBC "I thought a train had exploded".

"There are a ton of firefighters and a lot of smoke. Cops and first responders are everywhere," Marisa Aquino told the network.

An image posted at around 9am, New York time, reportedly showing an explosion Pic Twitter
An image posted at around 9am, New York time, reportedly showing an explosion Pic Twitter

According to WABC, witnesses reported seeing a "partial roof collapse".

It also said the structural integrity of the building may have been compromised.

One of those on the ground said she "thought she was going to die" and described the blast as feeling "like an earthquake"

It's understood the three buildings affected housed a church, shop and apartment complex.

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