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(CNN) — New York police and fire officials were responding to reports of a massive explosion in Manhattan’s East Harlem, authorities said Wednesday.

The building is located at 1644 & 1646.

There were at least 11 minor injuries, fire officials said.

Patients injured in the building explosion in Manhattan’s East Harlem are being taken to Harlem Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, spokesmen at each hospital told CNN Wednesday. As of 10:20 a.m., neither had details on the number of patients or type of injures.

Images from the area showed smoke billowing from the site of an apparent building collapse near a major commuter rail line.

A worker at a nearby flea market said, “Two building have collapsed. I hope there is no in there. It’s just rubble.”

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