Metro-North Service Suspended After Harlem Building Explosion

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Fire crews are battling a blaze following a huge explosion that collapsed a building in Harlem and has suspended all Metro-North traffic in the city.
Fire crews are battling a blaze following a huge explosion that collapsed a building in Harlem and has suspended all Metro-North traffic in the city. Photo Credit: FDNY Twitter Page
Fire crews are battling a blaze following a huge explosion that collapsed a building in Harlem and has suspended all Metro-North traffic in the city.
Fire crews are battling a blaze following a huge explosion that collapsed a building in Harlem and has suspended all Metro-North traffic in the city. Photo Credit: Daniel Tommasino
A view of the intersection of East 116 and Park Avenue before the explosion.
A view of the intersection of East 116 and Park Avenue before the explosion. Photo Credit: Google Maps

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A huge explosion collapsed a building at East 116th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem just yards from the Metro-North train tracks on Wednesday morning, according to multiple reports.

New York City fire crews continue to fight the blaze and search for survivors following the 9:30 a.m. explosion, according to various news reports.

The cause of the explosion is currently unknown, but multiple reports say natural gas may have been involved.

Law enforcement has said terror is not believed to be involved.

Two people, both women, have died, WABC reported at 11:50 a.m. There are 16 people with injuries reported, according to news reports. 

The blaze is a five-alarm fire, according to the FDNY Twitter feed.

Due to the proximity to the Metro-North train tracks, the MTA has released the following statement:

"All train service into and out of Grand Central Terminal is temporarily suspended until further notice due to a building explosion adjacent to our tracks. Please listen for announcements at your station, listen to the media and check back here for updates/alternate service information."

Debris from the explosion is covering the Metro-North tracks and will take time to remove, according to multiple reports.

Check back with Daily Voice as more information becomes available.

Are you at the scene in Harlem? Send pictures to egendron@dailyvoice.com.

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