Search under way at New York building collapse, trains halted

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 12, 2014 10:10 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A building collapsed in a largely residential block of Upper Manhattan on Wednesday and the New York City Fire Department was searching for anyone trapped in the debris, officials said.

Television images showed heavy smoke and dust rising from the structure at East 114th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem, which reportedly collapsed at about 9 a.m.

The fire department said that so far they have reports of 11 minor injuries, according to local television reports.

The New York City Police Department said it was investigating reports that the collapse may have involved two buildings.

At the scene, fire engines were seen spraying water from high cranes into the rubble.

Commuter trains were stopped on nearby tracks and passengers were ordered off the Metro-North Railroad cars at the Fordham stop in the Bronx, passengers said.

(Reporting by Chris Francescani; Writing by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by James Dalgleish)