Update 8:15 p.m. EDT: Pomme Frites issued the following statement on Facebook: "We want to thank everyone who has shared their concern for our well-being. Our staff and our customers are safe. However, our main concern is for those who were injured. This is a terrible tragedy, and our hearts go out to them and their families. Due to the severe damage to our building, we are closed for the foreseeable future. We hope to re-open someday soon and will keep you updated when we have news to share."
At least 12 people were injured Thursday when an explosion and fire engulfed four buildings in the East Village of Manhattan. One of the buildings destroyed housed the popular Pommes Frites cafe. Operators of the “authentic Belgian fry” shop have not issued an official statement since the incident, but the last message they sent out to fans on social media before the fire is a chilling one.
“You don't want to look back and think, ‘I could have eaten that,’ ” Pommes Frites wrote on Facebook and Twitter and Wednesday. The photo shows the cafe's famous fries covered in gravy and cheese.
You don't want to look back and think, "I could have eaten that." (Instagram by pojogeoffwilson) pic.twitter.com/sWSQX95cCG
— Pommes Frites (@PommesFritesNY) March 25, 2015
After news of the explosion went viral, customers quickly picked up on the cryptic message. “This is eerily prescient. Hope everyone is safe,” one Facebook user wrote. “Well this is creepy ...” another person shared.
Twitter users had a similar reaction to the post. “This might just be one of the most surreal tweets I have ever seen. Wow ...” one netizen said. “My favorite late-night snack, with an ironic last tweet,” another Twitter user added.
No fatalities have been reported in the explosion, but as many as 12 people were injured and three were in critical condition, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. It is believed a gas leak cause the explosion and subsequent fire, but an investigation is underway.
“Our thoughts and our prayers are with every one of them and their families,” de Blasio said about the victims in his statement. “And of course, we are praying that no other individuals are found injured, and that there are no fatalities, but that is an ongoing effort that FDNY and all other first responders are involved in.”
After hearing about the explosion, there were many Twitter users who were more concerned about not being able to get French fries from Pommes Frites than the fact that there were multiple people injured.
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