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Developing: Apartment Building Explodes in Harlem, At Least Two Dead (UPDATED)

A five-story apartment building on or around 116 St and Park Ave in East Harlem exploded around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, sending billowing smoke into the air and stopping Metro North trains in both directions. The New York Fire Department is calling it a 3-alarm fire (since upgraded to a 4-alarm), and report eleven people have been injured so far. It is unknown if people are still inside the building.

UPDATE 10:40: The NYPD bomb squad is now reporting to the scene.

UPDATE 11:36: Authorities are now reporting one person has died and at least seventeen are injured, while ConEd has reported that it was called to the address about a gas leak just before the explosion.

UPDATE 12:13: The New York Times reported at least two dead, and authorities expected that number to rise.

According to one eyewitness, nearly half the building had collapsed on the street by the time emergency crews had arrived.

Watch a clip on the explosion below, via Fox News:

Mediaite will update this post as more information becomes available.

[h/t NY1]

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