(NEW YORK) — A firefighter was killed and multiple people were injured in an explosion and fire at a house in New York City Tuesday that contained evidence of a possible drug lab inside, according to the New York City Fire Department.
FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahey and other local fire department members originally responded to the home early Tuesday morning after a caller reported a gas odor, Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro said at a news conference Tuesday. While investigating and evacuating the area, the single-family house exploded and subsequently caught on fire.
A large portion of the house’s roof struck Fahey in the head and injured 12 other people on the street, Nigro said. Fahey and those injured were transported to a local New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where Fahey succumbed to his injuries and died.
“We lost a hero today and our members are all saddened,” Nigro said.
The New York City Police Department had been investigating the home as a possible marijuana grow house for a few weeks, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at the news conference. O’Neill added that no one has been arrested and that the cause of the explosion and fire are under investigation.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was “a very sad day for our city.” He added that Fahey was a 17-year veteran of the FDNY and a beloved father of three.
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