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New York building collapse follows explosion, injures 12

New York building collapse: Several insect pesticide canisters, so-called 'bug bombs,' were found in an apartment inside the Chinatown location. Four firefighters were among the injured in the New York building collapse.

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New York building collapse: Firefighters remove debris from the back of a building in the aftermath of a fire on Thursday, July 11, 2013 in New York City's Chinatown. Twelve people were injured, three of them seriously, when an explosion inside a building led to a fire in New York City’s Chinatown on Thursday, the fire department said.

Bebeto Matthews/AP

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An explosion inside a Chinatown building on Thursday led to a fire and a partial collapse, injuring a dozen people, including firefighters.

Three of those injured were hospitalized in serious condition. Injuries to the other people, including the four firefighters, were less severe and included burns.

Fire officials said several pesticide canisters, or so-called bug bombs, were found in the first floor rear apartment and may have exploded, but the cause of the blaze hadn't been determined. Investigators were also looking into a possible gas leak.

 
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