Investigators are saying that an explosion in a Borough Park building on 13th Ave, between 42nd and 43'd St. may have been caused by a tenant who attempting to swap out a stove before moving.
At least one person is dead and three others were hurt when the Borough Park building exploded Saturday afternoon. After the explosion, fire sent smoke billowing in the air. Investigators say a 60-year-old woman died in the stairwell of the building. She has not yet been identified. Debris was sent flying into the air injuring a 34-year-old father and his 9 year old child, and a 27-year-old man who were all walking on the sidewalk. They were taken to Methodist Hospital where they are expected to be okay.
More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene around 1 p.m. to the two-alarm fire that followed an explosion in the 4200 block of 13th Avenue in Borough Park. Smoke was very heavy in the area, and a portion of the building involved had collapsed.
The building is a three-story, mixed-use building with a business on the ground level and apartments above. City property records describe the building as residential, with space for a store or office. National Grid responded and was working under the direction of the FDNY to shut off gas in the area.
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