Body camera video captured the moment NYPD officers stormed a Bronx building and saved a woman who was trapped after a massive explosion sparked a fire and collapsed the building yesterday.
Warning: the full video, available here, can be disturbing. The incident left an elderly woman dead and several people injured, including five policemen who suffered smoke inhalation. Two civilians were reported in “serious” but “stable” condition.
Video released by the NYPD shows the aftermath of the explosion, with bystanders telling officers that someone was trapped inside “under the couch”. Then the agents rush in, turn the furniture over and take out the unidentified woman, who was screaming in anguish.
The emergency occurred shortly before 11 am yesterday at a private residence near the intersection of Fox Street and Intervale Avenue in the Longwood neighborhood, FDNY officials said. The police detailed that the fire broke out in a three-story residential building that later collapsed.
Mayor Eric Adams called the deadly explosion a “tragic and terrifying” incident. “Our hearts go out to the family members” of the victims, the mayor said during an afternoon briefing, citing Pix11.
“This is a serious tragedy,” Lt. Governor Brian Benjamin said at the scene, according to New York Post. “The Governor and I will make sure the state does everything it can, financially and otherwise, to help these homeowners. who have been affected by this tragedy.”
The tragedy was caused by a gas explosion inside a house, according to councilor Rafael Salamanca. A 77-year-old woman died after being rushed to Lincoln Hospital. She was later identified as Martha Dagbasta. It was commented that another of the victims is his sister.
The fire also spread to a neighboring house. Daily News. ConEdison experts arrived on scene to help determine exactly how the explosion occurred. More than 100 firefighters, EMTs and paramedics responded to the scene.
Yesterday’s tragedy came less than two weeks after a massive fire in the Bronx also killed 17 people, including 8 children, on January 9. It was the largest fire tragedy in New York since 1990 and also one of the worst nationally in decades.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.