NEW YORK (PIX11) — Two men say they rescued a little child — still carrying a PlayStation controller in his hands — from the rubble of the East Harlem building explosion Wednesday morning.
“The [child] was on top of all the rocks. We just started digging rocks out, and tried to bring [the child] out,” said Alex Camilo, one of the two Good Samaritans. “The child wasn’t moving but he was looking at us .. [the child] had to be about 7 or 10 years old.” [They identified the child as a boy, but an official told PIX11 News the child is a girl.]
“Everybody was just taking pictures in their phones and nobody was helping … everybody was either running away or recording,” Camilo added.
The gas-leak explosion happened on 116th Street and Park Avenue just after 9:30 a.m., according to officials. A five-alarm fire continues to rage at the site of the explosion, which killed two people and injured 18 others. A number of people are still missing, the mayor said.
David Cesario, of the Bronx, and Camilo, of Washington Heights, were across the street at a construction site when they heard the explosion.
Cesario described what he saw as he started digging out the child from underneath the bricks.
The child “had a controller for the PlayStation in his hand.”
Cesario said the child looked up at him and asked him to help . He told the child, “let’s go outside because the fire won’t stop.”