NYC fire dept. responds to report of explosion

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City fire department says it has received a report of an explosion and at least two buildings collapsed in East Harlem.

CBS News is reporting 11 people injured; 10 with minor injuries and one in critical condition. TV news footage shows smoke billowing from the area.

Police officers and emergency personnel are wearing masks due to the smoke. The NYPD bomb squad is also on the scene as a precaution.

WABC says residents reported hearing a large explosion in an apartment building around 9 a.m. Wednesday. The FDNY says the reports came in from around Park Avenue between 114th and 117th streets.

It says fire was reported in the building. CBS News reports that one building served as a church and the other had a piano shop in the first floor and apartments above that.

Metro-North service was suspended, officials said, since debris from the building, reportedly five or six stories tall, landed on the elevated train tracks, The New York Times reports.

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