New York City Buildings Collapsed, 3 Killed

Firefighters respond to a fire on 116th Street in Harlem after a building exploded in huge flames and billowing black smoke, March 12, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Firefighters respond to a fire on 116th Street in Harlem after a building exploded in huge flames and billowing black smoke, March 12, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Two New York City apartment buildings on a largely residential Upper Manhattan block at East 116th Street and Park Avenue collapsed in a massive explosion on Wednesday at about 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT).

Firefighters work the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeremy Sailing)
Firefighters work the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeremy Sailing)

At least three people were killed and at least sixty others were injured, while more than a dozen people are reportedly missing in the incident.

Officials feared more victims are trapped in the rubble and they are searching for them.

This undated file photo shows two buildings (center) on 116th St. and Park Ave in East Harlem, that are the subject of building collapse in NYC on March 12, 2014. (Via Google Maps)
This undated file photo shows two buildings (center) on 116th St. and Park Ave in East Harlem, that are the subject of building collapse in NYC on March 12, 2014. (Via Google Maps)

Reuters reported that there were a total of 15 apartments in the five-story buildings.

Gas leak is believed to be the caused of explosion.

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Downtown Philadelphia Building Collapse Killing 6, Injuring 14

Screen shot from ABC channel 6 in Philadelphia showing the before and after of the collapsed building.
Screen shot from ABC channel 6 in Philadelphia showing the before and after of the collapsed building.

A four-story empty building at 22nd and Market streets in the heart of Philadelphia’s busy Center City district collapsed in downtown Philadelphia burying a neighboring thrift shop in concrete and debris at around 10:45 a.m. EDT, Wednesday June 5, 2013.

The collapsed building was under demolition when it suddenly fell down on the thrift shop.

At least one man and five women were killed while fourteen others were injured in the disaster.

It was reported that those who were killed were inside the Salvation Army thrift store.

At a late night news conference Mayor Michael Nutter said:

“We still do not know how many people were inside the thrift store or possibly on the sidewalk. If someone else is in that building, they will find them.”

Authorities say the cause of the sudden collapse was still under investigation.

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