1 Person Rescued After Home Explodes In New Jersey

June 17, 2019 - 1:25 pm

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. (WCBS 880) — One person was rescued from a New Jersey home that collapsed on itself following a possible gas explosion Monday morning.

As WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon’s reported, following the explosion, a large fire immediately broke out in the location where the home previously stood. The person – who was believed to be the only one inside the home – was then trapped under the burning rubble.

Neighbors quickly swarmed the area, and an off-duty police officer, who lives just a block away from the home on Abbott Avenue in Ridgefield, dug through the debris to help pull the person out.

“We were able to take some wood out to make a big enough hole where he crawled out and several officers and I, we helped him get out of the house,” the officer said.

The individual was taken to a nearby hospital and is listed in stable condition. 

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The explosion occurred just after 11 a.m. in the quiet New Jersey neighborhood. Police did not determine a cause for the blast.

“We do not know the cause of this explosion at this time. We just know that there was explosion and we had active gas leaking upon arrival,” said Ridgefield Police Chief Tom Gallagher.

Live video from the scene showed firefighters climbing to the roof of a home next door to battle the large fire that broke out following the explosion. The fire was believed to be under control just after 1 p.m.

Neighbors said they felt the impact of the collapse for miles. 

“The blast was so extensive that it felt like it happened in the house that I was sitting in,” one neighbor told WCBS 880's Rincon. 

“My whole couch had literally jumped up and I flew in the air a little bit. And I got a little scared so I went upstairs and I came outside and everybody was outside,” one woman said.

County Executive James Tedesco says there is no danger to any surrounding homes.

The county prosecutor's office will assist in the investigation.