Good Samaritans pulled child from NYC rubble

Published On: Mar 12 2014 02:06:40 PM EDT

Two men came to the rescue of a small child -- still carrying a PlayStation controller in his hands -- who was trapped in 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."

"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 continued 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 responded, "Let's go outside because the fire won't stop."


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