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Bronx fire: Gas explosion causes home to collapse in Longwood

LONGWOOD, Bronx (WABC) - An apparent gas explosion in a detached house in the Bronx has left one person dead and several others injured.

The second alarm fire was reported in a three-story residential building on Fox Street near Intervale Avenue just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.


More than 100 firefighters and EMS rushed to the scene as heavy smoke covered the neighborhood.

Neighbor Lisa Carrasco says she first thought a plane crashed on the block. Mobile phone video she shot shows garbage thrown out in the middle of the street.

It was then that a Good Samaritan driving past helped a woman who had been thrown against a porch gate. He then went in to try to save her sister, who was trapped under rubbish.

The nurses were quickly transported to Lincoln Hospital, where one is in stable condition while the other is dead from his injuries.

A third woman stuck in her apartment was rescued by responding NYPD officers. She was also taken to Lincoln Hospital to be treated for injuries.

In all, at least nine injuries were reported and four of them are said to be residents.


Five police officers were also taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

The building where the fire started, as well as the two adjoining buildings have been completely destroyed, according to FDNY officials.

Officials also said the buildings next to the three that were destroyed have structural damage and cannot be re-entered by residents at this time.

Several families have now been displaced, and some are now housed in a nearby church.

The townhouses were built in the late 1980s and many original tenants, now older, still live there.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. Although there were reports of a gas order prior to the explosion, according to fire officials.

City officials are working with ConEd to return gas to residents in the area.




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