At least seven people have been injured — including two critically — in an explosion in New York City’s Chinatown area.
According to the New York Fire Department, the explosion took place on the first floor of 17 Pike Street in Lower Manhattan shortly before 12:45pm Thursday. The building, located a few blocks north of the Manhattan Bridge, was home to a commercial bus business on the ground floor.
A fire official said the blaze subsequently spread to the building’s upper four floors, which partially collapsed, sending huge plume of smoke into the air.
A Fire Department spokesman said two victims were rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital’s burn center in critical condition while the other five victims — including one firefighter — were transferred to other area hospitals with undisclosed injuries.
The blaze was brought under control about an hour later, according to Fire Department spokesman, but several nearby buildings remain evacuated as officials investigate the cause of theRead More »from At least 7 injured in building explosion in Lower Manhattan