WATCH: Woman Rescued After NYC Explosion

Dramatic cellphone video captures the frantic aftermath in the heart of the explosion scene, including a dramatic rescue of a woman from an apparently abandoned ambulette

By Michael George
|  Saturday, Mar 15, 2014  |  Updated 1:11 PM EDT
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A Harlem man is being hailed a hero for saving a paralyzed woman from an ambullete. She was left inside by the driver and her caretaker after two buildings exploded nearby. Michael George reports.

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A Harlem man is being hailed a hero for saving a paralyzed woman from an ambullete. She was left inside by the driver and her caretaker after two buildings exploded nearby. Michael George reports.

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Cellphone Video Captures Frantic Aftermath of East Harlem Explosion

Dramatic cellphone video captures the aftermath of the East Harlem explosion. Provided by Sam Carrasquillo.
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A delivery driver is asking for help locating a woman he helped rescue in the frantic aftermath of the building explosion in East Harlem Wednesday. 

"I want to see if she's OK," said Sam Carrasquillo.

Carrasquillo happened to be in the neighborhood when the buildings at Park Avenue and 116th Street collapsed. He immediately began shooting video on his cellphone, not quite sure what had just happened. 

"I just saw a disaster," he said. 

Nearby, rescuers tried to save someone trapped in a car. Carrasquillo saw an ambulette and looked inside. He found a woman who couldn't walk trapped inside, and the driver of the ambulette was nowhere in sight. 

"There was nobody with her at that moment," said Carrasquillo. 

Carrasquillo is seen on the video extending his hand, but the woman doesn't move. 

"Come on, come on," he says. "There's a fire." 

He told NBC 4 New York he tried talking to her, "but she was in another world. She couldn't believe what was going on at that moment. She was in shock."

As more rescuers arrive to help, the video ends. Carrasquillo said he's been told the woman is OK but he would like to meet her again.

 "I just want to give her a kiss and a hug because she reminds me of my grandmother," he said. "That's also why I did it." 

He also wants to know where the woman's caretakers were at that time. 

NBC 4 New York was unable to reach the operators of the ambulette Friday night. 

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