VIDEO: Several people injured after an explosion ripped through a Brooklyn home sending a massive fireball across the street
A Brooklyn home exploded on early Wednesday leaving several people injured and sending a massive fireball across the street.
The moment of the blast was caught on surveillance camera.
The three-story building on Vermont Street near Jamaica Avenue in Cypress Hills was ripped through by the bolt of flame at midnight.
“There was an explosion out the front,” FDNY Deputy Chief Patrick Sheridan told reporters on scene. “The first floor collapsed into the cellar, so we were unable to get searches of the cellar and the first floor of the original fire building.”
Two residence were reportedly at home when the explosion happened. Both managed to escape and survived.
More than 33 units with 138 firefighters of Fire Department of New York responded to the scene. The massive fire was raging in the cellar after the blast. The fire reached three alarms. Special unites for work with hazardous materials was also called to the scene.
In all, six people were reported injured, four of them refused medical attention, FDNY said. Two people were transported to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center.
Except the injuries of some of the residence, the outcome of the explosion is that 58 people were forced out of the homes as the structural stability of the entire block was in question, said the fire department.
The explosion and the following fire is under an “active investigation” with the lead of the fire department marshal.
“We have responded along with all other emergency responders and we are working under the direction of the fire department,” a spokeswoman said.