NEW YORK: Twelve people were hurt Thursday when a New York building collapsed and a large blaze tore through a second property, which was also in danger of falling down, the fire department said.
Three of the injured were in a critical condition as a result of the emergency just after 3:00 pm in Manhattan’s popular East Village neighborhood on Second Avenue, a spokesman told AFP.
The cause of the incident and how many people may have been inside the adjoining buildings at the time were not immediately clear.
Thick smoke filled the street and emergency workers shut down six blocks on Second Avenue, said an AFP reporter at the scene.
A property at 123 Second Avenue collapsed and a fire broke out at 121 Second Avenue, which was also in danger of collapse, the fire department spokesman told AFP.
The fire department described both buildings as mixed commercial-residential property with businesses on the first floor and residential apartments on the upper floors.
The spokesman described the collapse as “complete.”