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Emergency workers respond to an explosion and building collapse in East Harlem. (AP Photo)

Two buildings were leveled and eight residents were killed in a huge explosion the morning of March 12 in New York’s East Harlem, igniting a five-alarm blaze. Dozens of people were reported injured.

The blast, believed to be caused by a gas leak according to news reports, happened around 9 a.m. on Park Avenue on 116th Street and claimed one structure that housed a piano repair shop with apartments above it, and a second building that housed a Spanish Christian church.

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