15 injured after explosion levels house in Wappingers Falls

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Friday, November 3, 2023
15 hurt after explosion levels apartment building in Wappingers Falls
Marcus Solis has the latest on an explosion in Wappingers Falls.

WAPPINGERS FALLS, New York (WABC) -- More than a dozen people were injured when a gas line was struck on Thursday afternoon in Wappingers Falls, causing an explosion that destroyed a home.

Officials said Central Hudson contractors were performing routine maintenance, replacing gas lines when they struck a 3/4-inch gas service line and the dig caused a fire and explosion at 4 Brick Row around 12:15 p.m.

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

Authorities said 10 civilians and five first responders were injured.

The civilians include eight adults and two children, while the first responders include one firefighter and four police officers.

Friday afternoon the Westchester Medical Center Health Network said its hospitals were providing care to nine of the victims.

Three people are in critical condition, five are in serious condition, and one is in good condition.

Gov. Kathy Hochul released a statement that she deployed state emergency services personnel to assist in the response.

"As the situation develops, I urge all New Yorkers to follow the direction of law enforcement and other first responders working to keep the community safe," Hochul said. "I join all New Yorkers in praying for the Village of Wappingers Falls."

The building that was impacted by the explosion was a multi-family brick structure with a basement and two floors.

Officials say the gas infrastructure in some of the homes date back to the 1930s or 1940s.

They say the status of all victims being out of the rubble is still under investigation, but no deaths have been reported so far.


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