A gas explosion at a building in New York City has left 10 people, including children, injured.
Police lights flash in the distance as officers rush to respond to another emergency. The sound of sirens fills the air as they weave through traffic, determined to reach their destination as quickly as possible. It’s a familiar scene in many cities and towns across the country, as law enforcement officials work tirelessly to keep communities safe.
Wappingers Falls, New York is the location of the event being discussed. Officials have reported that 10 people, including first responders, were injured in a gas explosion that caused a section of a brick multi-family building to collapse north of New York City. The explosion resulted in victims being trapped amidst the rubble.
On Thursday afternoon, an explosion and fire occurred about 50 miles north of the city, resulting in no fatalities. The incident caused thick smoke to billow in the air, and rescuers worked hard to extract individuals from the wreckage.
I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve got 27 years as a volunteer fireman and chief. So I think they did a remarkable job,” Wappingers Falls Fire Chief Jason Enson told reporters at a briefing late Thursday.
Ten individuals were injured in the incident, including eight adults and two children who suffered from blast or burn injuries. Westchester Medical Center received three of them, including one child and two adults who were transported by helicopter for medical treatment.
As of Friday, the Westchester Medical Center Health Network reported that three patients were still hospitalized in critical condition, while five others were in serious condition. However, there was some good news as one victim was listed in good condition at a different hospital.
After the incident, one firefighter and four police officers received treatment for smoke inhalation and minor injuries before being released. The authorities are currently conducting an investigation to determine the root cause of the issue. According to officials, initial findings suggest that a gas line was hit by a contractor working on utilities.
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