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Last Updated: Monday, 10 July 2006, 19:53 GMT 20:53 UK
In pictures: NY building collapse

Firefighters examine the area where the building stood

Early on Monday, Manhattan residents reported a blast at a building on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Fire crews attempt to douse flames

Hundreds of firefighters rushed to the scene between Park and Madison Avenues.

A policeman stands guard in a dust-filled street

A terrorist attack was quickly ruled out. At the time of the blast, a power company was investigating reports of a gas smell by local residents.

CNN TV host Larry King

CNN television host Larry King who was in the area described the blast as sounding like a bomb.

Injured fireman is loaded into an ambulance

Several people were injured including passers by and fire fighters, one of whom suffered neck and back injuries.

A fire fighter tackling the blaze

Streets around the area were cordoned off while fire crews attempted to bring the blaze under control.

Firefighters on the roof of the next building examine the damage

Firefighters on the roof of the next building examine the damage.

Rear view of collapsed building

The blast also damaged nearby buildings, causing windows to be blown out.

Front view of collapsed building with fire fighters in front

Shattered glass, bits of wood and brick were strewn across the vicinity, causing injuries.

Aerial view of collapsed building

Emergency crews examined the damage from neighbouring buildings which had been evacuated.

Building collapses in Manhattan
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