BREAKING: Gas Explosion Causes Apartment Building to Collapse in New York – Numerous People Injured [Video]

by J Pelkey
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A huge gas explosion resulted in the collapse of an apartment building in Wappingers Falls, New York on Thursday.

Numerous people were injured as a result of the explosion. According to preliminary media accounts, a contractor inadvertently struck a gas line, triggering the blast.

Kathy Hochul, the Democrat Governor of New York issued a statement in response to the incident, saying, “I have been briefed on the building collapse in Dutchess County and have deployed State emergency services personnel to assist in response efforts.”

“New Yorkers: please follow directions from law enforcement and other first responders working to keep the community safe,” she said.

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WABC reported:

An investigation is underway after gas line was struck, causing a fire and explosion on Thursday afternoon.

A spokesperson for Central Hudson said a contractor struck a 3/4-inch gas service line and the dig caused a fire and explosion at 4 Brick Row.

The company cut electric and natural gas service to the immediate area at 1:30 p.m.

There are reports of multiple people being treated on the scene or already being transported to area hospital, including by helicopter.

The victims were transported to a local hospital by medical helicopters.

Watch the video report from CBS News New York:

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