BREAKING NEWS: Twelve injured and more people trapped as building collapses and catches fire in New York City’s East Village

At least 12 people have been injured – including four critically – after a five-story building collapsed and surrounding buildings caught alight in New York City’s East Village on Thursday afternoon.

Flames ravaged the structure on Second Avenue and 7th Street as the floors collapsed inside following the explosion just before 3.30pm. Thick gray smoke billowed across the sky as the roof began to collapse and debris could be seen strewn across the street.

NYC Scanner reported multiple serious injuries and that several patients had been transported to hospital, while 175 firefighters responded to the seven-alarm blaze. It also reported that more people could still be trapped inside the burning buildings.

Cadaver dogs are also on the scene awaiting to search building, the scanner reported.

An eyewitness told DailyMail.com that a woman who was next to the building at the time of the explosion had suffered cuts across her face.

Terror: Flames can be seen ravaging two buildings on Second Avenue in New York on Thursday afternoon following an explosion

Huge: Intense flames can be seen reaching out of the roof of the buildings on Second Avenue near 7th Street

Terror: Flames can be seen ravaging two buildings on Second Avenue in New York on Thursday afternoon following an explosion

Horror: Looking towards the fire from Astor Place, flames can be seen reaching into the sky from the building

Horror: Looking towards the fire from Astor Place, flames can be seen reaching into the sky from the building

Terrifying: Authorities reported that at least 30 people have been injured in the incident but more could be trapped inside

Terrifying: Authorities reported that at least 30 people have been injured in the incident but more could be trapped inside

Destruction: Debris from the building at 121 Second Avenue can be seen strewn across the street as the fire begins

Destruction: Debris from the building at 121 Second Avenue can be seen strewn across the street as the fire begins

Blaze: Investigators look on as a fire fighters rush to the scene, where residents may still be trapped inside the buildings

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