Gas explosion leads to flood zone fire in NJ

August 29, 2011 9:15:40 AM PDT
A house caught fire following an explosion in the flood zone in Pompton Lakes.

Debris from the Lincoln Avenue house was strewn in the water as the structure, which was completely surrounded by water, burned out of control.

A nearby house was also damaged, possibly by the flying debris.

First responders were unable to immediately respond to the house because of the surrounding water, but they were seen at least waist-deep in the flood trying to pump water onto the blaze.

The homeowner, James Gyulay, called in to Eyewitness News while Newscopter7 was over the scene.

He said that a wall collapse Sunday ruptured a gas main, and that he and his family went to a relative's house. He says he contacted authorities to tell them about the gas line.

"I guess they couldn't get to it," he said.

Thankfully, no one was hurt in the explosion or fire.

"It's a terrible thing," Gyulay said. "It's a small little thing, but it was ours...Thank God we're all alive."