An apparent gas explosion and fire in New York on Saturday tore off a building facade and drew more than 100 firefighters to the scene, fire officials said. The entire front of the building was blown out, and over 200 firefighters were called to battle the blaze.
Although severe structural damage had prevented fire officials from entering the building, Nigro said he thought the fire originated on the second floor. The three victims include a 34-year-old man, his 9-year-old son, and a 27-year-old man were caught in the storm of debris. A passer-by also was hurt.
A 47-year-old woman who lived in the Brooklyn building that exploded remains missing one day after the blast as authorities identified a body found in the rubble. There were no reports of an odor or gas before the explosion.
‘So, of course, to take a stove with you it entails disconnecting the gas line, which leads us preliminarily to look in that direction as the cause of this. Officials say it’s likely that two of those buildings have to be demolished.
Councilman Brad Lander says the woman who died was in her 60s and was living in a third-floor apartment in the building.
On Saturday afternoon, Shimon Fried was about five blocks away when he heard a boom.
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De Blasio, speaking on cable news station NY1, said the Sabbath could have saved lives because there are less people walking in the neighborhood.
The building’s owner did not return a phone call.
A spokeswoman for National Grid declined to comment on the mayor’s remarks but said the utility was assisting in the investigation.
The collapse follows two other gas explosions in recent years in the city.
Local leaders are calling for increased attention to gas safety after an explosion killed at least one person and injured more than a dozen others in Borough Park on Saturday.