Blast and fire rips off New York building facade

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Posted: Oct 03, 2015 2:49 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An apparent gas explosion and fire in New York on Saturday tore off a building facade and drew more than 100 firefighters to the scene, fire officials said.

The New York City Fire Department was unable to confirm media reports that one person was killed and three others injured in the blast at a three-story structure in the borough of Brooklyn.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the incident, reported at 1:05 p.m. local time, or whether the building was residential.

Firefighters were still battling the two-alarm blaze later on Saturday. The Red Cross said in a statement it would assist in the aftermath.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Richard Chang)