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.
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.