1 dead, 5 officers among 8 injured in suspected gas explosion at Bronx home – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBS New York) — A huge house fire in the Bronx became fatal on Tuesday.

The incident happened just before 11 a.m. at a house on Fox Street near Intervale Avenue in the Longwood section of the borough.

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Neighbors say it sounded like a bomb blast.

As CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported, investigators are trying to figure out what happened that turned a three-story house into smoldering debris.

At least one person is dead and eight others injured. Five police officers were taken to Lincoln Hospital for smoke inhalation.

Watch: Mayor Eric Adams and officials give a briefing on the deadly Bronx fire and its collapse

“I thought I was in an earthquake. I woke up. My closet was still shaking after the boom,” said nearby resident Margie Otano.

The explosion was felt for blocks, and almost immediately afterwards flames could be seen coming out of the roof of the house. The roof eventually gave way and collapsed.

“It was just a mess. It was ugly, very ugly. Lots of fire, smoke,” neighbor Cesar Garcia said.

Mayor Eric Adams said someone had reported the smell of gas, and at this time it is considered a possible cause of this explosion. Their response was quick and prevented this tragedy from getting worse.

“It is clear that the action of the FDNY and the NYPD and the residents, their quick response has really enabled many of those who were part of this crisis not to be seriously injured or not to die, so I want to thank you,” Adams said.

“There were two sisters from the fire building who were inside the building when it exploded, and our units saw them lying on the ground outside, and together with our EMS units we have took these people and we took them to the hospital. quickly,” said John Hodgens, chief operating officer of the FDNY. “Unfortunately, one of them succumbed to his injuries and passed away.”

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Another resident was rescued by police. Adams said there was body camera video of officers performing the rescue.

“We saved lives today. Our actions saved lives,” Adams said, praising first responders.

The scene of a suspected gas explosion that killed at least one person and injured seven others in the Bronx. (SCS2)

Firefighters said they responded to the scene within four minutes of the 911 call. The FDNY says 200 of its first responders were trying to bring the situation under control and some homes could not be saved.

“Buildings directly adjacent to where the explosion occurred are completely destroyed. They will have to be demolished,” FDNY Chief of Operations John Hodgens said.

The gas on the block was turned off by Con Edison while they investigated. The neighbors are still in shock.

“I was sitting there eating a sandwich and I heard something explode,” neighbor Margo Boom said. “It was too strong to be just an injury.”

“I was watching TV, my cat was looking out the window and I heard a boom. My cat jumped up and I started to smell smoke,” neighbor George Tyson said. “It could have been anything. which of these buildings that blew up.”

“As a borough, we are absolutely devastated. Yet another fire we are dealing with here in the South Bronx, in Longwood,” Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson said.

NYPD investigators will work with the fire marshal to determine the official cause of the explosion. There was no immediate indication of any criminality.

While the official cause remains under investigation, Con Ed has some gas safety tips. For more information on these, CLICK HERE.

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Kevin Rincon contributed to this report.

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