Gasoline explosion injures four people in Kensington: FDNY

Gasoline explosion injures four people in Kensington: FDNY
A gasoline explosion caused a massive fire in a Kensigton home that injured four people on Sept. 30.
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A gasoline mishap caused an explosion inside a Kensington home on Monday, injuring four people, according to the Fire Department.

Over 60 firefighters rushed to the inferno at the Friel Place residence between Coney Island Avenue and E. Eighth Street at approximately 1:15 pm, when an explosion on the first floor started the blaze that engulfed the home, firefighters said.

New York’s Bravest battled the flames for nearly an hour before quenching the blaze at shortly after 2 pm, according to the spokesman.

Over 60 firefighters responded to the scene and battled the fire for almost an hour.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Emergency medical personnel transported four people — including one man who sustained life-threatening injuries — to the burn unit at Weill Cornell Medical Center for treatment, according to authorities.

A preliminary investigation revealed the cause of the fire to be “improper use of gasoline,” said to a spokesman for the Fire Department.

Construction honchos with the Department of Buildings conducted an emergency inspection of the home, and issued a “full vacate order” — preventing residents from reentering the home until further notice.

One person sustained major burns, and three others were injured in the Monday morning fire.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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