New York: East Village Explosion, Buildings Collapse On 2nd Avenue In Manhattan

NEW YORK- An explosion ripped through a building in the East Village of Manhattan on Thursday, reducing two structures to rubble as firefighters scrambled to contain a 7-alarm inferno through the afternoon.

A total of 12 people were injured in the explosion, which occurred in the basement at 121 Second Ave. near St. Mark’s Place at about 3:20 p.m. Fire quickly engulfed that building and spread to an adjacent structure. Victims could be seen running from the chaotic scene -- some of them screaming with severe burns -- as more than 250 firefighters responded to battle the blaze.