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Deadly explosion in Borough Park leaves 2 dead and injures 10

A gas explosion of a three story building at 4206 13th Avenue, in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn killed one woman and injured three pedestrians on Saturday. Officials say the explosion occurred after a stove was not properly disconnected from a gas line.

Authorities are investigating what could have caused the explosion of the three-story home. It appears a gas leak may have triggered the deadly blast, which blew off the front of the building.

Officials said the explosion was the third deadly blast in the city caused by a gas leak during the past 18 months. One killed eight people in East Harlem in 2014 and two people died in the East Village explosion that occurred earlier this year.

About 50 residents from nearby buildings were removed from their homes while the blast is being investigated and the wreckage cleaned up.

Ligia Puello, 64, a native of the Dominican Republic died in the stairwell in the explosion and 48 year old Francisca Figueroa had been missing since the blast. Monday afternoon a second body was found in the rubble that has yet to be identified.

Gas explosions are deadly and catastrophic. If you suspect a gas leak, leave the area immediately and take others with you if you can. Once you are away from the area, call 911 or 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633).


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