East Meadow house fire causes propane tanks to explode: officials

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(Citizen App)

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — After Long Island firefighters dealt with two massive fires that pushed resources to the brink early Thursday, a house fire and subsequent explosion created an emergency scene in East Meadow later that night.

Police and fire units were called around 8:30 p.m. for a house fire on Seventh Street, officials said.

According to police, two propane tanks ruptured during the fire, due to the heat of the flames.

A Twitter user sent PIX11 video of the explosion, about a block away from his house in East Meadow, with an audible boom and vibrant flash.

One resident reported minor burns to their hand and were taken to an area hospital for treatment, authorities said. The other occupants of the home did not report any injuries.

Police said a neighboring house incurred damage to its siding due to the flames.

Video from the Citizen App showed smoke billowing from an East Meadow home, and fire crews canvassing a charred home.

According to police, the East Meadow Fire Department and North Bellmore Fire Department were able to extinguish the fire by around 11 p.m.

The Nassau County fire marshal was on the scene late Thursday. Police said there was an ongoing investigation into the cause of the fire.

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