Manhattan inferno: Fire rips through East Village (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Soon after the explosion occurred, dramatic images began surfacing showing flames shooting out of the building's rooftop.
— Mike Demarest (@Mike_Demarest) March 26, 2015
Officials said that four buildings have been affected by the fire and two of them have partially collapsed. A third structure is in danger of collapsing as well.
— ROBERTO ZICHITTELLA (@ROBZIK) March 26, 2015
The incident is suspected to be a gas-related explosion that started at 121 2nd Avenue in East Village, though an investigation is still ongoing.
— FDNY (@FDNY) March 26, 2015
More than 200 New York City firefighters arrived at the scene in order to combat the flames.
— Juan Antonio Tirado (@jatirado) March 26, 2015
Down in the streets, firefighters worked to draw water as fast as possible.
In East Village, firefighters draw water from a block away. pic.twitter.com/InD683Exhh
— Stephen Nessen (@s_nessen) March 26, 2015
Firefighters are expected to work long into the night.
This is what the area looked like before the explosion occurred:
— Chris Ariens (@ChrisAriens) March 26, 2015
And here's what it looked like after:
— Megan Specia (@meganspecia) March 26, 2015
— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) March 26, 2015
Responding firefighters quickly clogged the East Village streets, moving people out of a possible building collapse zone.
— res7cue (@res7cuefox5) March 26, 2015
Visibility in the area was also extremely low, and there was so much smoke that it drifted at least 40 blocks north.
Not sure what's going on but very low visibility out here. Thick smoke, awful smell. pic.twitter.com/hgC0kEvej0
— Tracee Carrasco (@CarrascoTV) March 26, 2015
— Ameen Hafez (@Ameen4OBJ) March 26, 2015
One rescue attempt was even caught on video.
— Josh Flitter (@Josh_Flitter) March 26, 2015