An explosion that leveled two New York City apartment buildings has killed at least two people and injured 17 others.
The NYPD says two females died in the East Harlem blast.
A utility company says a resident in a nearby building reported smelling gas shortly before the explosion Wednesday morning.
Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee says a resident from a building adjacent to the two that collapsed reported that he smelled gas inside his apartment, but thought the odor could be coming from outside.
He would not speculate on whether a gas leak caused the explosion.
The cause of the explosion is unclear but Con Ed spokesman Bob McGee said the utility received a call about a gas leak around 9:13 a.m. from a resident at one of the newer buildings on Park Avenue.
The truck arrived shortly after the explosion.
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