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Powerful New York City Explosion Causes Raging Fire, Building Collapse

Firefighters fight a fire near where a residential apartment building collapsed and was engulfed in flames in New York City’s East Village neighborhood March 26, 2015.

REUTERS/Mike Segar

An explosion in New York City’s East Village Thursday caused a five-story apartment building to catch fire and collapse causing at least a dozen injuries, several of them critical. The New York Fire Department said early reports indicate the fire was caused by a gas explosion and some 250 firefighters were actively fighting the seven alarm fire. CNN is reporting that several people may be trapped inside the burning building.

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As firefighters battled the blaze, thick smoke clouded the city skyline. Portions of the neighborhood, near New York University, have been evacuated.

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