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East Village Explosion Photos: Images From Fiery Manhattan Blast

03/26/2015 05:04 pm ET | Updated Mar 30, 2015

Black smoke billowed through Manhattan's East Village Thursday afternoon after a fiery explosion caused two buildings to collapse.

"I just heard screaming immediately and I looked out the window and I saw debris and stuff on the street," Ryan Reilly, whose apartment is on the corner of the street where the blast occurred, told HuffPost. "So I ran downstairs and I saw people from the building covered in blood, people lying in the street."

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The building where the explosion originated, located at 121 Second Avenue, was completely engulfed in flames by around 4 p.m. Two buildings -- 121 and 123 Second Avenue -- both partially collapsed, and two other adjacent buildings were also affected by the blast, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a Thursday evening press conference. Around 250 firefighters were battling a 7-alarm fire across the buildings as the mayor spoke.

A New York City Fire Department spokesperson told The Huffington Post that four people were in critical condition. A total of 19 people have been confirmed as injured.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also noted that preliminary evidence suggests the explosion was gas-related. Earlier that day, work being done on the building failed an inspection by energy company Con Edison.

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