A gas explosion at an apartment in the Bronx area of New York City has left nine
people injured, including two children who are in critical condition,
police and fire officials confirmed, Six out of the nine injured are children.
The terrifying explosion took place at a three-story building at 1520 Paulding Avenue
around 3:30 pm ET.
Meanwhile, two people are in critical condition. One firefighter was also hurt,
the FDNY said. New York City Fire Department (NYFD) responded after receiving a
frantic call about the explosion.
The explosion reportedly blew the front door off the home into a tree,
a source said. Most walls were blown out too
“I burst open my door next door and I saw my grandfather was OK,” building resident
Adriel Sambolin told New York ABC station WABC. “We hopped out the window in
the back because we had no more window.”
“I opened the door and packed my bag, threw my phone, my wallet and then jumped
out the back and he jumped out with me and I jumped that gate to see if everyone
was OK,” he added.
Photos from the scene showed sliding glass doors completely blown out and debris
blown over the decks and onto the cars in the driveway below.