FDNY: 4 Hurt After House Explodes in Brooklyn
A house has exploded in Brooklyn, injuring four, acccording to FDNY.
A call about the blast at the home near Friel Place and East 8th Street in Kensington came in around 1:30 p.m. Monday.
A resident of the home was cleaning up paint with gasoline in the basement when the explosion happened, leaving him with serious burns, according to a law enforcement source. Falling debris after the explosion injured two neighbors at an adjoining house.
According to FDNY, four people were injured — three men and one woman — as a result of the explosion. The most serious of the injuries was the man painting in the basement, who has allegedly sustained burns to 20 percent of his body including his face and legs.
In a tweet, the city’s emergency management system said, “Due to a confirmed house explosion, expect traffic delays and a heavy presence of emergency personnel in the area of Friel Place & East 8th Street in Brooklyn. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time.”
Chopper 4 showed a huge FDNY presence at the scene, smoke billowing around the firefighters who stood on the roof and the ground. Debris filled an alley to the right of the home, the side of which appeared completely blown out.
The Department of Buildings is currently investigating. However, a preliminary investigation by the DOB determined that the building is no longer structurally stable and is danger of collapse, the department said, adding that it has ordered “an immediate emergency declaration for demolition of the building, to ensure the safety of the public.”
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