The 3am gas explosion that rocked Cypress Hill: Six are injured and 54 are left homeless because ‘gas smell’ went unchecked
- An explosion took out a 3-story building in Brooklyn on Wednesday morning
- The blast sent the front door flying across Vermont Street and caused the first floor to collapse into the cellar
- Six were reported injured, with two taken to a nearby hospital for treatment
- About 54 residents were evacuated as the city investigates the block
- Neighbors had been complaining about the ‘smell of gas’ hours before the blast
An explosion at a Brooklyn basement left six injured and dozens displaced on Wednesday morning as firefighters fought back the flames that engulfed the three-story building and nearby homes.
Shocking video from the New York Fire Department shows the residence at 58 Vermont St., in Cypress Hills, suddenly explode just after midnight., flinging the front door and debris and across the street.
‘We had heavy fire on arrival in the cellar, first floor and second floor,’ the FDNY said in a statement.
‘The first floor collapsed into the basement, so we were unable to search that area. There are six non-life-threatening injuries to civilians, two have been transported to area hospitals and four which refused medical attention.’
A total of 54 people have been evacuated from their homes near the explosion as city officials investigate whether the structural stability of the entire block was comprised due to the blast, NBC reported.
The explosion occurred Wednesday morning, at 58 Vermont St., in Cypress Hills
The blast sent the front door flying across the street, along with other debris
The explosion occurred in the basement and caused the first floor to collapse
More than 138 firefighters from 33 units responded to the fire at Vermont Street as it covered the two neighboring buildings and a separate building on Jamaica Avenue.
The FDNY said two occupants were home on an upper floor when the explosion happened, but they were safely evacuated and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Edwin Rodriguez, one of the displaced neighbors, told ABC 7 that he had smelled gas in the building yesterday afternoon and complained about it to the owners.
‘I reported it. They ignored it and this was the result. This is what we get,’ Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez, who’s family is being put in a hotel as the city investigates the block, said he was frightened when he heard the blast and immediately ran out of the building with his daughter.
‘My daughter went without no socks, no sneakers, nothing. I just took her, and we just ran out.’
It is still unclear what caused the blast as the FDNY is investigating whether it was caused by a boiler malfunction, and Con Edison arrived at the scene to inspect a possible gas emergency, fire officials said.
National Grid also responded at the scene and is working under the lead of the Fire Marshal to help investigate the cause.
Firefighters arrived quickly at the scene to combat the fire that engulfed the three-story home
The FDNY said only six were injured, with only two needing to be taken to the hospital
The city is investigating where the powerful blast has effected the stability of the block
Michelle Grullon, another neighbor, agreed with Rodriguez about the smell of gas at the property.
‘Everybody kept saying they smelled gas,’ Grullon told ABC. ‘They smelled gas, but nobody went to figure out, like, ‘Where’s it coming from? Why is it happening? How to stop it.’ And then now this happens, and now a bunch of us don’t have somewhere to sleep.’
The FDNY said those displaced would be assisted by the American Red Cross and New York City Office of Emergency Management.
New York State Senator Julia Salazar, of Brooklyn, said that she would provide additional aid to those displaced.