NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said the evidence pointed to a gas explosion in the blast that destroyed several buildings in the East Village – even though there were no reports of odors or leaks.
As CBS2’s Weijia Jiang reported, the mayor said initial indications suggested a plumbing crew may have triggered the blast in 121 Second Ave. All but the façade of that building ended up collapsing, and neighboring 123 Second Ave. completely collapsed.
The building to the south at 119 Second Ave. also partially collapsed. All three buildings were completely gone by 11 p.m., and neighboring 125 Second Ave. sustained major fire damage.
“Preliminary evidence suggests gas-related explosion. That investigation is ongoing,” the mayor said at a news conference Thursday evening. “The initial impact appears to have been caused by plumbing and gas work that was occurring inside 121 Second Avenue.”
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