CBS NEWS March 26, 2015, 3:51 PM
NEW YORK -- An explosion in Manhattan's East Village has caused multiple injuries, fire officials said Thursday.
The building collapse was reported about 3:20 p.m., but it is unclear what the cause may be or if there are any fatalities.
Huge explosion at 7th St and 2nd ave pic.twitter.com/0fUGs1Jy60— Erika Eichelberger (@eichelberger_e) March 26, 2015
The collapse occurred in a residential and commercial building on Second Avenue and fire could be seen tearing through at least two buildings at the location.
Possible gas leak on 2nd Avenue & 7th street causes explosion#EastVillage pic.twitter.com/gmBCpDmScB— East Village Eats (@EastVillageEats) March 26, 2015
The fire quickly escalated to four alarms, according to the FDNY.
Firefighters and emergency responders are at the scene of the damage, CBS New York reported. Stores and buildings in the vicinity have been evacuated.
According to the New York Buildings Department, there was a stop-work order on the building.
There was just an explosion on 2nd avenue and 7th street east villagepic.twitter.com/jvSbfdCSSe— Jonathan (@jmeyers44) March 26, 2015