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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says gas leak caused deadly building collapse

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 00:39

March 12 - New York City building collapses after explosion, leaving two dead and several missing. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Two New York buildings collapsed on Wednesday after an explosion believed to have been caused by a gas leak, killing at least two people, injuring at least 18, and setting off a search for anyone trapped in the debris, officials said. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rushed to the scene in East Harlem. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BILL DE BLASIO, MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY, SAYING: "This is a tragedy of the worst kind, because there was no indication in time to save people. We know we've lost two people already. We know at this moment preliminarily that eighteen are injured, different levels of injury." A blast that scattered debris onto nearby rooftops brought down adjacent five-story structures shortly after 9 a.m. on the largely residential block at East 116th Street and Park Avenue in Upper Manhattan. Clouds of thick smoke billowed from the rubble of the apartment buildings that sat above a ground-level church and a piano store. Officials declined to give a number of people still missing in the rubble. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BILL DE BLASIO, MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY, SAYING: "There are a number of missing individuals. I emphasize that those that are missing could well be safe in another location, and just not contacted yet or reachable yet. But there are a number of missing individuals and there's going to be a thorough search to try to find or locate each individual."

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says gas leak caused deadly building collapse

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 00:39