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A massive explosion followed by a fire at a pair of apartment buildings in upper Manhattan on Wednesday has left two people dead and at least 22 injured, officials say.
Two of the injured are hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, according to FDNY. Five others are in serious condition, but with non-life-threatening injuries, the fire department said. Fifteen others suffered minor injuries.
Rescuers are currently combing through bricks by hand in an effort to locate other possible victims. More than a dozen people are reportedly unaccounted for.
“There are a number of people missing,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. “I emphasize that those who are missing could well be safe in another location and just not contacted yet or reachable yet.”
The FDNY said it received a call shortly after 9:30 a.m. reporting a large explosion in the five-story apartment building on Park Avenue near 116th Street in East Harlem.
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Could this be the work of terrorists, or just an ordinary accident?
One man was so scared he rushed out of his home wearing nothing but his underwear