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Staggering Photos Show Destruction In Harlem After Explosion

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At least two people are dead after a building in Harlem, New York, exploded Wednesday morning.

Authorities at the scene have said the destruction may be the result of a gas explosion.

Photos show the massive damage done as firefighters tirelessly work to battle a fire and save those trapped in the rubble.

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    Firefighters swarm
    AP / John Minchillo
    Firefighters battle a fire after a building collapses in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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    Firefighters assess the situation
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    New York City Fire Department firefighters on a pile of debris at the scene of an explosion and building collapses at Park Avenue and East 116th Street March 12, 2014 in the Harlem section of New York.
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    Harlem buildings collapse
    Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty images
    An explosion in a residential building caused two building collapses on Wednesday, sparking a serious fire and engulfing the area in thick smoke, officials said.
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    Grieving woman
    Andy Campbell / Huffington Post
    A woman who wished not to be named cries into a man's arms as the two wonder whether the people they knew living in one of the collapsed buildings made it out safe.
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    Harlem buildings collapse
    Emmanuel Dunand / AFP / Getty Images
    Massive plumes of smoke engulf the sky as firefighters battle a blaze triggered by a gas explosion.
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    Woman comforts her dog
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    Keema Thomas, who lives adjacent to one of the exploded buildings, holds her dog Mocha as she watches the scene.
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    Working through the smoke
    Andy Campbell / Huffington Post
    Firefighters battle a fire triggered by the explosion and collapse of two buildings.
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    Bystanders cover up
    Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images
    Bystanders cover their faces as they watch firefighters at the scene of an explosion and building collapses at Park Avenue and East 116th Street March 12, 2014 in the Harlem section of New York.
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    Smoke filled streets
    Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images
    Firefighters work through smoke-filled streets after the collapse of two buildings in Harlem.
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    Seeing through the smoke
    Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images
    An injured man (L) is assisted by NYFD emergency medical services personnel near the scene of an explosion that caused the collapse of two buildings.
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    Bystanders watch the scene
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    Bystanders two blocks away watch the scene of an explosion that caused two buildings to collapse.
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    Smoke filled sky
    Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images
    Media stand near the scene of an explosion where two building collapsed in Harlem early Wednesday morning.
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    Firefighters help the injured
    Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images
    An injured man is assisted near the scene of the explosion.
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    Bystanders cover up
    Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images
    Bystanders cover their faces while watching the scene unfold.
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    Smoldering ashes rain down
    Andy Campbell
    Firefighters continued to fight the smoldering ashes of the buildings at around noon.
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    Emergency crews on the scene
    Andy Campbell / Huffington Post
    Firefighters on the scene of two Harlem buildings that collapsed after an explosion rocked the neighborhood.

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