UPDATED 12:57 PM PT – Friday, February 19, 2021
At least 10 people, including six children, were injured in New York City in the aftermath of a gas explosion at a condo unit in the Bronx. Firefighters said the cause of Thursday’s blast was not immediately clear.
According to authorities, two of the victims were critically injured and transported to the hospital. Before firefighters made it to the scene, a few bystanders managed to catch a baby that was tossed to them from the second floor.
FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Sarrocco and Division Chief Russo provide an update from the scene of a gas explosion at 1520 Paulding Avenue in the Bronx. Read more: https://t.co/H0oznaNYZQ pic.twitter.com/qc0nCcxS1I
— FDNY (@FDNY) February 18, 2021
“I actually took this jacket off and tried to make a little bit of padding for the baby,” Morris Park resident Anthony Collins said. “The mother was very nervous, so I just told her just drop the baby and it’ll be secure as soon as it hits this jacket. So that’s what happened.”
Expect heavy police presence due to an investigation of a gas explosion in the area of Paulding Avenue and Poplar Street in the #Bronx. @NYPDSpecialops, @FDNY, and @ConEdison are currently on scene. Please take alternate routes. https://t.co/9Fn1QzZpfS
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) February 18, 2021
The FDNY said everyone was lucky enough to make it out of the multi-family home. In the meantime, investigators continued to look into the cause of the explosion.