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Reports of 'explosion' and 'building collapse' in New York City

By John Mulgrew

Published 12/03/2014

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

At least a dozen people have been injured after an 'explosion' led to the collapse of a building in New York City.

Some 168 firefighters are dealing with a "multiple dwelling explosion and collapse" in the East Harlem area of the city.

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

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

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

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.

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

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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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