A firefighter was killed by falling debris when a suspected drug den exploded in the Bronx Tuesday, leveling a two-story home and injuring at least six other people, according to police and fire officials.
The identity of the dead firefighter wasn’t immediately released, and the extents of the others’ injuries weren’t clear following the 7:30 a.m. blast at the private home on West 234th Street near Tibbett Avenue in Kingsbridge. About an hour before the explosion, firefighters had responded to a report of a gas smell at the location and found the drug lab, police say.
A fire captain has been killed and 5 other people injured in an explosion and fire at a house in the Bronx after what appeared to be a drug lab was discovered.
It happened inside a two-story private house on West 234th Street in the Kingsbridge section just after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The firefighter died at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Allen Pavilion.
He was evacuating the house at the time and was struck by debris from the explosion.
Emergency responders were called to the home on W. 234th St. near Irwin Ave. for a gas leak at 6:22 a.m., officials said. After they arrived, firefighters discovered a drug lab, sources said.
The house exploded about 7:30 a.m., collapsing its roof and sending smoke billowing over the neighborhood.
Four cops were also injured, officials said. They were taken to North Central Bronx Hospital, officials said. Their conditions were not immediately clear.