NYC: Manhattan Building Explosion 5 alarm fire
(CNN) — The New York City Fire Department has 168 firefighters from 39 units responding to the fire and building collapse in Manhattan, the department said Wednesday. The fire is at 5 alarms.
Wednesday morning’s blast at a building in Manhattan’s East Harlem appears to have blown out glass from nearby store windows and vehicles, CNN’s Adam Reiss reported from the scene. Glass is “all over the street” near the blast site, and emergency personnel were wearing masks, as smoke was making it difficult to breathe, he said.