Brooklyn residential building collapses after gas explosion, 1 dead, 3 injured
BKLYN 2-ALARM 43 ST, MULTIPLE DWELLING GAS EXPLOSION,— FDNY (@FDNY) October 3, 2015
The blast occurred in a three-storey building on 42nd Street and 13th Avenue in Borough Park at about 1:00pm, according to the city's Office of Emergency Management.
One person was pronounced dead shortly after the explosion, NBC News reported citing the FDNY. The three other victims were taken to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.
BKLYN 3-ALARM 4206 13 AVE, MULTIPLE DWELLING CONFIRMED BLDG COLLAPSE,— FDNY (@FDNY) October 3, 2015
Emergency personnel are on the scene of an explosion at 42nd Street and 13th Avenue in Brooklyn. @FDNY is on scene, please avoid the area.— NYCEM - Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) October 3, 2015
More than 100 firefighters have been deployed to the explosion site. New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) said that it expects traffic delays and heavy smoke, calling for people to avoid the area and close their windows.
The causes of the blast remain unclear.