Gas Eyed As Cause Of House Explosion That Killed 1 Woman, Injured 8 Others In The Bronx


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Investigators are wanting into whether or not gasoline precipitated the lethal home explosion that killed one lady and injured eight others Tuesday within the Bronx.

One dwelling must be demolished, and not less than two others are destroyed.

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The explosion occurred Tuesday morning at a house on Fox Street close to Intervale Avenue in Longwood.

Exclusive video exhibits the highly effective blast ship particles flying into the air, rocking your complete group. Minutes later, police had been on the bottom, racing towards the hazard.

Officers rescued 83-year-old Yolanda Jiminez, who was trapped beneath furnishings and rubble. Her household stated the chaos couldn’t have come at a worse time, since she was dwelling recovering from a current coronary heart assault.

“It’s not easy. This isn’t easy,” her nephew, Armando Garcia, informed CBS2.

Jiminez’s nephew stated the explosion got here with a small warning beforehand — her neighbor frantically confirmed up.

“He knocked on her door, because he smelled gas. So he went in to ask her if she had a leak or something. She didn’t smell it, but he said he smelled it,” Garcia stated. “Then they sat down, they were talking, and when they were talking, that’s when the explosion happened.”

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That neighbor was captured on video alerting officers.

“There was no hesitation, they ran right in,” stated Capt. Anthony Mascia, with the forty first precinct. “We were very lucky today to save a life.”

Eight folks had been injured, together with 5 officers who suffered smoke inhalation. A 77-year-old lady didn’t survive.

Authorities recognized her as Martha Dagbasta. Neighbors stated she lived there for years, and the loss is devastating.

“There were two sisters from the fire building,” FDNY Chief John Hodgens stated. “Unfortunately, one of them has succumbed to the injuries and has passed away.”

The different victims are anticipated to get well.

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Con Edison says gasoline service has been restored to all however one dwelling.

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