NEW YORK (Reuters) - A building collapsed and was engulfed in flames on Thursday in New York City's East Village neighborhood, authorities said.
There was no immediate information on possible injuries, said a spokesman for the New York Police Department.
Live footage on local television showed a residential apartment building engulfed in flames and heavy smoke.
Local television also reported a large explosion at the scene and an adjacent building also on fire.
Rescuers from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) were headed to the location, which was on Second Avenue and East 7th Street in Manhattan, an FDNY spokeswoman said.
Reports of the collapse came in shortly after 3 p.m., she said.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney, Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Sandra Maler)