Explosion that killed 1, injured 8 in Borough Park appears to be gas-related: Mayor de Blasio

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BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn — One person is dead and three people were injured after an explosion in Brooklyn.

According to the FDNY, the fire broke out around 1 p.m., at 13 Avenue and 43 Street in Borough Park.

The fire in the three-story building quickly escalated to four alarms. More than 200 firefighters responded to the scene where the front of the building was blown into the street.

According to the FDNY, one woman was pronounced dead at the scene.  Councilman Brad Lander says the woman was in her 60s and lived on the third floor of the building.

Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement regarding the “disturbing trend” of building explosions around the five boroughs.

Three civilians, including a 9-year-old boy, were injured from the blast. Five firefighters were also injured. They were treated at the scene.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident “shows some signs of being gas-related.”

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says the explosion apparently happened after a stove was disconnected.

“Of course, to take stove with you it entails disconnecting the gas line which leads us preliminary to look in that direction for the cause of this explosion, Nigro said.”

“Earlier today, an explosion took place at a building in the Borough Park neighborhood in Brooklyn. This explosion is the latest in a disturbing trend of incidents that occurred in Harlem and the East Village,” said Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo says he is directing the State Department of Public Service to take over the investigation.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have been impacted by today’s explosion, especially the friends and family of those lost or injured,” Cuomo said.

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