NEW YORK — The New York City fire department says nine people are still missing after an explosion leveled two apartment buildings, killing three people.
A gas leak triggered the explosion Wednesday morning on Park Avenue and 116th Street in East Harlem. The blast also injured more than 60 people. At least three of the injured were children.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said some of those unaccounted for may have fled to safety. He said the city is expending every effort to locate them.
The White House issued a statement offering "thoughts and prayers" and commending first responders.
The mayor urged worried relatives to call 311. A hotline was being set up.
Authorities say the fiery blast erupted about 9:30 a.m., around 15 minutes after a neighboring resident reported smelling gas.
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