A woman has died after a fire and collapsed Tuesday in a home in the Bronx. Five police officers and at least two other civilians were injured, the NYPD said.
Firefighters responded to a call about an explosion Tuesday morning, NYFD chief John Hodgens said during an afternoon press conference. When authorities arrived at the scene, they found the two sisters who had been inside the building when it exploded lying on the ground outside. Both suffered traumatic injuries from the explosion and were taken to a hospital. One woman died and the other remains in critical condition.
While searching for other victims in the buildings next to the one that collapsed, authorities found a 68-year-old woman who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. She is still hospitalized in serious condition.
All three victims were in their 60s and no other victims were found inside the building that collapsed or in the neighboring buildings, Hodgens said.
Authorities did not provide an update during Tuesday's press conference on the condition of the police officers who were injured. According to CBS New York, all five were taken to Lincoln Hospital to inhale smoke.
According to the fire chief, a caller reported the smell of gas earlier in the morning. However, the cause of the incident is still under investigation. There is no indication of error play.
Con Edison shut down gas in the immediate area, according to CBS New York.
Three housing units were destroyed in the fire and 200 fire and EMS personnel responded on the scene.
"I was in my room and it was my mother who came to my room and shouted, 'Oh my God, I felt the room shake.' Something must have happened, "said one neighbor.
Video from the site showed smoke flags climbing up into the air. Large chunks of the building's facade can be seen strewn around. The structure partially collapsed.
Firefighters attacked the fire from the outside because they continued to worry about a further collapse.
The incident comes days after one of the nation's worst home fires in decades broke through an apartment building in the Bronx, killing 17 people, including eight children.
Officials gave onefor the fire, which also injured dozens of residents.