NY Embassy searches for Filipinos hurt in massive building explosion


By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 12, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Philippine Embassy and Consulate officials in New York are working to verify if any Filipinos were hurt in a deadly building explosion that set the East Harlem neighborhood ablaze this morning.

Police are now confirming at least two deaths in the massive explosion and several others were reported injured.

Consul General Mario de Leon says the incident took place a few blocks from St. Lucy Catholic Church which is headed by Filipino priest Msgr. Oscar Aquino.

A spokesman from New York’s utility company Con Edison says they received a call reporting a possible gas leak, before the explosion brought down parts of two buildings.

More than 160 firefighters have responded to the scene.

Meanwhile, a massive fire sent flames and black smoke billowing into the skies over San Francisco Tuesday afternoon.

The fire broke out at an apartment complex under construction in the city’s Mission Bay area.

Shortly after 6 p.m. last night part of the building collapsed. The city deployed 150 firefighters to battle the blaze at its peak.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital for treatment for a minor burn.

There are no reports of injuries and the cause of that fire is under investigation.

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