NYC House Explosion Kills 1, Leaves 14 Injured [Video]
Authorities say a massive explosion at a house in a New York suburb killed one person and left at least 14 others injured on Tuesday.
Surrounding houses were also damaged during the blast, which occurred in Brentwood, New York, around 12pm EST.
According to the New York Post, six people were in the two-story home at the time of the explosion, including three family members, a plumber, a real estate agent and another person.
At least eight others, including three police officers, suffered minor injuries in the recovery effort.
“Our investigation indicates there is no one else inside the house, but a further more thorough search is under way right now to determine that,” said Brentwood Fire Inspector Robert Kuehn.
Responders removed the injured from the debris of the collapsed house before taking the victims to nearby hospitals. Police said neighboring houses were also evacuated following the explosion.
An 18-month-old boy was “found fairly early and rushed” to the hospital after the explosion, but eventually succumbed to injuries sustained from the incident.
While investigating the cause of the explosion, police said there was at least one 200-pound propane tank on the property, but it was not clear if it was connected to the blast. Authorities added natural gas was not used in the house or on the entire block.
The Long Island Press notes this is the second time in two years that a house exploded in Brentwood. Last year, a gas leak caused a vacant house to explode. No one was seriously injured, but 21 people were hospitalized.
Raw video footage from the aftermath of the Long Island house explosion can be seen below: