(Ben Yakas) At least nine people have been injured, three critically, after a building explosion and partial collapse in Chinatown this afternoon. According to the FDNY, the explosion occurred around 12:40 p.m. in a five-story mixed commercial and residential building at 17 Pike Street near East Broadway. Two firefighters were injured along with seven other people; the nine people have been taken to Cornell and Bellevue Hospitals. FDNY added that the fire was under control as of 1:35 p.m.
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