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NYC police question man in explosion that killed fire chief

Howard Terry | 29 September, 2016, 00:36

Nigro worked closely with Fahy's father, who also worked as a fire chief.

Emergency service personnel work at the scene of a house explosion, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in the Bronx borough of NY. One house and surrounding buildings were evacuated following a gas leak report.

A Cliffside Park man was arrested in connection with a Bronx house explosion that killed an FDNY battalion chief.

The incident began when a passerby reported smelling a gas leak in the area.

Additional details on the possible cause of the blast were not discussed, and Nigro said initial reports that it was a gas explosion may have been wrong.

"It is with deep regret that FDNY announces the line of duty death of FDNY Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy, Battalion 19", the FDNY posted on its Facebook page.

"A tragedy that has befallen the family, our Fire Department, and our entire City", Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference.

A "huge boom" was also heard and felt throughout the Bronx's Kingsbridge and Riverdale neighborhoods, and residents quickly took to social media, describing the explosion as "crazy loud" and having rattled buildings for several blocks.

This story has been corrected to show that the last name of the fallen fire chief is Fahy, not Fahey.

NYC Fire Chief Michael Fahy was killed, and 12 others injured in a gas explosion in the Bronx Tuesday. By 2007, he had already become a Captain, and he was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2012.

The mayor's office had tweeted that the mayor and fire commissioner were at the hospital.

"I thought it was thunder but when I went outside a boy with soot on his face was running down the street and screaming "the house just exploded in my face", said the woman, who requested that her name not be used.

But when firefighters entered the house, they found what appeared to be a homemade drug laboratory inside a dark room, and immediately requested police, according to sources. He was a family man and a hero who his loved ones say will never be forgotten.

The explosion was first reported around 7:30 a.m. ET.

"That's going to be part of an investigation as a possible drug lab", he said, adding that emergency personnel were "still making the scene safe".

Sources say the suspect, Julio Salcedo, 34, is believed to be a tenant who rented the second-floor apartment that was turned into a sprawling and deadly hydroponic pot house at at 304 W. 234 St., near Tibbett Avenue.

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