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At least 10 injured in house collapse in Syracuse

At least 10 people were injured when a house collapsed in Syracuse, New York, on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Syracuse Fire Department Chief Michael Monds told reporters in a press conference that emergency crews responded to reports of an “explosion” and house collapse and found “multiple victims outside” upon arrival.

“The building had actually collapsed,” Monds said. “It was a very dangerous scene. Power lines had fallen and there was a dangerous smell of gas.”

Firefighters were told that up to 20 people were believed to be living in the home and that up to 12 people may still be trapped inside, Monds said.

When firefighters entered the building, they found several victims in a car that the house had collapsed on, Monds said. Those people were able to be extricated, the fire chief said.

Of the 10 people taken to area hospitals, eight were on advanced life support and two were on basic life support, Monds said. Their ages were not immediately released. A Syracuse Fire Department spokesperson told CBS News that their injuries ranged “from severe to minor.”

Monds said search and rescue efforts were still ongoing Tuesday evening. It is not yet known what exactly may have caused the collapse.

“We are securing the building and trying to get in to do a final search and make sure there are no children or adults left inside,” Monds said.