• YIKES: Explosion Levels Building In NYC

    CBS reports that at 3:20 pm Thursday afternoon, a gas explosion happened across four buildings, located in Manhattan’s East Village. At least 12 people have been reported injured, three are are in critical condition.

    The fire was seen through multiple buildings causing one of them to collapse. The building was located at 125 Second Avenue, and the collapse was a residential and commercial building.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with every one of them and their families. Of course, we are praying that no other individuals are injured and there are no fatalities,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. He also indicated that a plumbing crew may have triggered the blast.

    The fire quickly escalated to seven alarms, bringing over 250 firefighters on the scene.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement: “My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been impacted by the explosion in Lower Manhattan today. The Department of Public Service is on-site monitoring Con Edison’s response to this incident and will conduct a full investigation to determine the cause of today’s explosion. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I thank the hundreds of first responders who put the safety of others before their own. We will continue to monitor this tragedy and do whatever is needed to support the ongoing response and recovery in the days ahead.”

    Matt Schuck

    Staff Writer

    Matt Schuck is a staff writer for Daily Surge. He's a DC native who got his start in broadcasting doing stints at the legendary radio station DC101 and Hot 99.5, before being recruited by the Heritage Foundation to launch their first ever radio program. Matt has worked with SiriusXM, Phil Hendrie (Team America, Futurama), and as an executive producer for the John Fredericks Show.

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