Metro-North Service Suspended After Harlem Building Explosion; Two Dead

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Fire crews are battling a blaze following a huge explosion that collapsed a building in Harlem and has suspended all Metro-North traffic in the city.
Fire crews are battling a blaze following a huge explosion that collapsed a building in Harlem and has suspended all Metro-North traffic in the city. Photo Credit: FDNY Twitter page
Fire crews are battling a blaze following a huge explosion that collapsed a building in Harlem and has suspended all Metro-North traffic in the city.
Fire crews are battling a blaze following a huge explosion that collapsed a building in Harlem and has suspended all Metro-North traffic in the city. Photo Credit: Daniel Tommasino

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A huge explosion caused a building at East 116th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem to collapse just yards from the Metro-North train tracks on Wednesday morning, according to multiple reports

New York City fire crews continued to fight the blaze and search for survivors. The cause of the explosion was unknown, but multiple reports say natural gas may have been involved.

So far, two people are confirmed dead and at least 16 others suffered injuries ranging from minor to severe, according to NBC 4 New York.

Due to the proximity to the Metro-North train tracks, the MTA has released the following statement:

"All train service into and out of Grand Central Terminal is temporarily suspended until further notice due to a building explosion adjacent to our tracks. Please listen for announcements at your station, listen to the media and check back here for updates/alternate service information."

Debris from the explosion is covering the Metro-North tracks and will take time to remove, according to multiple report.

Check back with Daily Voice as more information becomes available.

Are you at the scene in Harlem? Send pictures to egendron@dailyvoice.com.

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I was going to a mtg in my nyc Ofc. Got to Stamford for the 10:59 into GC. Just announced ALL SOUTHBOUND traffic from Stamford stopped at the current time.
Roy Abramowitz