Two Apartment Buildings Collapse in New York City

Two New York City buildings collapsed on Wednesday in an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak, killing three people, injuring at least 36, and setting off a search for more victims feared trapped in the rubble. The explosion scattered debris across Metro North tracks stopping service on the commuter line that passes in front of the destroyed buildings.

New York City firefighters examine the rubble at an apparent building explosion, fire and collapse in the Harlem section of New York, March 12, 2014. Two buildings collapsed in an explosion in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday, killing at least three, injuring at least 17 and setting off a search for anyone trapped in the debris, witnesses and officials said.

New York City firefighters examine the rubble at an apparent building explosion, fire and collapse in the Harlem section of New York, March 12, 2014. Two buildings collapsed in an explosion in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday, killing at least three, injuring at least 17 and setting off a search for anyone trapped in the debris, witnesses and officials said.

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