9 firefighters, 6 officers hurt in NYC explosion that killed battalion chief

Police Commissioner James O'Neill says part of the investigation will involve looking into the location as a possible marijuana "grow house"


Associated Press

NEW YORK — New York City's fire commissioner says a blast that took the life of a battalion chief also injured nine other firefighters and six police officers.

Commissioner Daniel Nigro says two civilians and three Con Ed workers also suffered minor injuries in the Bronx house explosion.

Emergency service personnel work at the scene of a house explosion, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York.
Emergency service personnel work at the scene of a house explosion, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The explosion Tuesday morning killed Michael Fahy, a 17-year veteran and the son of a fire chief.

The house and surrounding buildings had been evacuated following a gas leak report. Fahy was directing operations from the street when he was struck by falling debris.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill says part of the investigation will involve looking into the location as a possible marijuana "grow house."

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press

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