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Con Ed: Work inside 2nd Ave. building ‘failed inspection’

Firefighters attacked the raging blaze from a bucket ladder on Second Ave.

Firefighters attacked the raging blaze from a bucket ladder on Second Ave. Photo by Clayton Patterson

Con Edison has issued a statement regarding the disastrous apparent gas-related explosion on Second Ave. that left 12 people injured, one building totally collapsed and another partially collapsed.

The utility is working with fire officials and other agencies at the scene.

“Earlier today, Con Edison personnel were at the location to evaluate work the building plumber was doing inside 121 Second Ave. in connection with a gas service upgrade,” the statement said. “The work failed our inspection for several reasons, including insufficient spacing for the installation of the meter in the basement. We had no reports of gas odors in the area prior to the fire and explosion. A survey conducted yesterday of the gas mains on the block found no leaks. We continue to work with all agencies on the investigation into the cause, and we are praying for the recovery of all the injured.”