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Off-duty officer runs into collapsed, burning NJ home to save resident: police

Posted at 12:20 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 22:12:57-04

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. — An off-duty police officer ran into a burning New Jersey home that collapsed during an explosion on Monday and rescued a resident who is now in the hospital, officials told PIX11.

A home was leveled during an explosion in Ridgefield, New Jersey on June 17, 2019. (John Landers/@dreadthemuffins on Twitter)

The two-story house, located on Abbott Avenue, near Elizabeth Street and just off Broad Avenue, in Ridgefield, was leveled during the blast, images of the scene showed. Surrounding homes were evacuated immediately.

Neighbors said they thought a bomb went off when the explosion sent debris flying through the air. The home's mangled front door landed across the street.

The only resident was saved by an off-duty police officer who happened to be walking in the area at the time, Ridgefield Police Department Chief Thomas Gallagher said.

First responders were not injured, but the resident has been taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.

The cause of the blast is under investigation. Officials with the energy company Public Service Enterprise Group are on scene.