Firefighters Respond To Building Collapse In New York's Harlem
by: Scott Neuman, NPR, March 12, 2014 9:03:00 am
New York firefighters are responding to the collapse of a building in the Harlem area of Manhattan. There are no immediate reports of injuries.
The Fire Department of New York first tweeted that it was responding to the collapse at East 114 th Street, other reports said the building in question was on Park Ave, or possibly at the corner of Park and 114th. CNN is quoting a witness who says two buildings collapsed.
The FDNY says the incident occurred at about 9 a.m. ET.
Live television footage from the scene shows at least four fire department ladders squads pouring water on the burning debris as heavy smoke billowed off the wreckage.
CBS New York quotes a witness, Samuel Paul, as saying the building suddenly shook.
"We saw a whole lot of smoke. A lot of smoke came out," Paul told CBS 2. "There's a lot of dark smoke still coming out. A lot of fire engines I saw going to 125th Street."
"The smoke started to rise. It looked like something fell because it wasn't like a fire. It just looked like debris smoke, similar to 9/11," he added.
Reuters quotes an FDNY spokesman as saying the department had no information on casualties or whether anyone was inside.
The news agency said commuter trains were stopped on nearby tracks and passengers were ordered off the Metro-North Railroad cars at the Fordham stop in the Bronx, passengers said.
We'll update this post as more information becomes available.