1 Dead, 7 Injured in New York City Apartment Building Explosion, Fire

At least one person died and seven were injured after an explosion at an apartment building in New York City set off a massive fire and a partial building collapse on Jan. 18.

A 77-year-old woman was declared dead at the scene in the Bronx while two other women, aged 68 and 82, were taken to the hospitals for injuries but were in stable condition, according to the police.

Five police officers were also taken to the hospitals to receive treatment for smoke inhalation.

A video on social media showed firefighters trying to extinguish a two-alarm fire as thick black smoke pours from the building.

The explosion is initially thought to be gas-related.

The Fire Department said they were sifting through the rubble to find evidence to the cause of the explosion.

Mayor Eric Adams said at a press conference at the scene that the gas was off for the entire block as a precaution.

Adams said they are also working to get the gas back on “as quickly as possible because we have a lot of seniors that live on this block.”

“The goal is to do an expeditious but safe investigation so we can get people back into their homes,” Adams said.

Eyewitnesses told NBC New York that they heard at least two explosions.

Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson said that residents were “devastated” at another fire.

The incident comes just days after a previous Bronx blaze killed 17 people, some of whom were children.

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