KINGSBRIDGE, the Bronx — A firefighter was killed and at least six other people, including multiple police officers, were injured during an explosion at a Bronx home that may have served as a meth lab, sources said Tuesday.
An apparent meth lab was spotted in the house by responding emergency personnel, who were able to exit the home before it exploded moments later, detectives on scene said.
Firefighters were responding to reports of a gas leak when the explosion occurred at 304 W. 234th St. Tuesday, the FDNY said.
Four NYPD officers were injured and treated at an area hospital, police department officials said.
FDNY confirmed at least seven people in all were injured.
The home's roof caved in during the explosion, which sent pieces of the building flying through the street, and eventually covering the roadway and several vehicles.
A "huge boom" was also heard and felt throughout the Bronx's Kingsbridge and Riverdale neighborhoods, and residents quickly took to social media, describing the explosion as "crazy loud" and having rattled buildings for several blocks.