Explosion At New York Technical School

NEW YORK (AP) - Part of a Manhattan building collapsed Thursday following a possible boiler explosion, injuring more than three dozen people.

Several victims, at least one believed to be in serious condition, were taken to St. Vincent's Hospital and the Cabrini Medical Center for treatment. There was no immediate word of any fatalities.

Fire Department spokeswoman Amanda Schmidt said it appeared some type of explosion was the cause of the collapse in the Chelsea section, on West 19th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Preliminary police reports indicated there was a boiler explosion in the basement of the building.

"It was just a really loud noise,'' said Stuart Markowitz, who runs the education department at the nearby Apex Technical School. "Some of our windows did get blown out.''

All students in the school were safely evacuated, he said.

Initial reports that the collapse took place at the school were not true, he said.

More than 100 firefighters were called to the scene.

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