FDNY: 1 dead, 3 others injured in apparent gas blast

4 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

1 dead, 3 injured in massive Brooklyn building explosion.

A woman was killed and eight people were injured on Saturday when an explosion and fire ripped through a three-story building in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, emergency officials said.

The blast happened around 1 p.m. on the second floor of the building, located at at 4206 13th Ave. in Borough Park, which had a business on the first floor and two apartments above it. “The building was engulfed in flames, everything was crumbling down,” said 16-year-old Brigitte Martinez, who saw people on the street running for cover. “I see a man who was hopping on one leg. I think he was injured because of something that fell down.” With a firehouse around the corner, firefighters got to the scene in only three minutes, but they couldn’t rescue one woman, whose body was found in a stairwell in the building, CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported. Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Saturday that three civilians were hospitalized following the blast, including one person in critical condition.

We have no reports of a missing persons.” Nigro told reporters that Saturday night. “But we have one person who we are still trying to confirm the whereabouts of.” “Within seconds, the building was in flames,” said Eliazer Nesher, 33, who happened to be walking on the sidewalk across the street when the explosion ripped through the property. Neighbors said the owner is in Israel for the Sukkot holidays. “There was a father and his son walking by [in front of the building],” Nesher told The Post. “The father got injured in the leg. The mayor said that more than 200 firefighters responded to the fire, which badly damaged at least two other buildings and was still smoldering on Saturday evening. I represented it in the City Council, so I know it was a real shock to the residents of this community. “This is a tragedy because we know we’ve lost one person.

Investigators have not been able to enter the building because of the structural damage. “We are told that the tenant there purchased a high-end stove that was their own stove,” Nigro said. “They we moving out of the apartment and were going to take that stove with them. The Office of Emergency Management advised people near the scene to expect heavy smoke and traffic delays, and said nearby tenants should close their windows. An inspection of the gas boiler by an insurance agent in July 2014 found no defects, according to the most recent reports available on the Buildings Department’s website.

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