By Web Team
New York, New York (WABC) – An apparent gas explosion at a single-family home in the Bronx left one woman dead and several others injured.
Police do not suspect foul play and neighbors say they smelled gas before the house exploded.
There’s a hole where this house once stood on Fox Street in the Longwood section.
Before it collapsed, a dramatic rescue was caught on police body camera.
Neighbors heard screams and officers rushed to rescue a woman trapped under a couch.
“Like I said, when you see the body camera video, you’re going to see the quick response of the officers, walking into a burning building, next to the explosion, not realizing if there would be “There was an additional explosion. They went inside and took out a woman who was trapped inside,” Mayor Eric Adams said.
Five of these officers were slightly injured.
Police say three women between the ages of 68 and 82 were inside at the time.
Two of them are currently being treated at Jacobi Hospital and are believed to be in stable condition, but sadly a 77-year-old woman, Martha Dagbasta, has been pronounced dead.
The blast was reported shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Neighbors heard the rumbling and the fire quickly broke out before the building later collapsed.
Eyewitness News spoke to neighbors who spoke of the heroic efforts to try to save lives.
“When I entered the house I couldn’t see, but I heard her and she showed me her hand. So I already knew where she was. So I asked the cops to go help me, so they could help me get her out,” said a man who helped rescue a woman.
“The metal melted. I saw flames in the middle. It was like you lit a match and it went boop,” an eyewitness said.
“I just heard an explosion. I checked my window and saw that the third house was completely on fire,” another witness said.
So how did this happen?
It certainly has the characteristics of a gas explosion, but authorities haven’t said for sure.
It’s still under investigation.
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