WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (PIX11) — A house exploded in Dutchess County on Thursday, injuring 15 people, officials said.
PIX11 News on Friday learned more about the victims of the massive explosion at 4 Brock Row in Wappingers Falls.
Shantelle Whyte and her four boys lived in one of the homes that were leveled by the blast. Family members said they were buried under debris and suffered serious injuries.
All five family members were hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns. A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help with their medical expenses.
Eight other people remained hospitalized, as of Friday. Seven have already been released.
Authorities said the blast happened when a utility crew hit a gas line.
There is no criminality suspected, however, local and state officials are investigating the incident.
Matthew Euzarraga is a multimedia journalist from El Paso, Texas. He has covered local news and LGBTQIA topics in the New York City Metro area since 2021. He joined the PIX11 Digital team in 2023. You can see more of his work here.