6 wounded, dozens displaced as explosion shakes Brooklyn neighborhood: FDNY

CYPRESS HILLS, Brooklyn – An overnight explosion and subsequent fire in a Brooklyn home left six people injured and dozens of area residents forced out of their homes in the middle of the night, according to FDNY.

Fire officials said a call reporting the explosion came around midnight Wednesday in a private residence on Vermont Street, near the corner of Jamaica Avenue.

Firefighters arrived minutes later to find powerful flames in the basement of the private residence as well as on the first and second floors of the three-story building, authorities said.

Officials said two residents were at home on a top floor when the building was shaken by the explosion in the basement. Both were able to evacuate on their own and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

The fire with three alarms triggered by the explosion spread to two buildings on either side of the home, as well as a separate building on Jamaica Avenue, behind the home, FDNY said.

Over 138 firefighters from 33 units responded to fight the fire, according to fire officials.

Con Edison also responded on the spot to mitigate a possible gas emergency.

Brooklyn explosion aftermath
Photos show some of the damage to a Brooklyn home after an explosion and subsequent fire tore through the home early Wednesday, December 1, 2021. (Credit: Richard Abreu)

A total of six patients were treated by EMS, with two of them being taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment, while the other four refused further medical attention, FDNY said.

The details of the victims’ injuries and their condition were not immediately known.

The blast and fire left the structural stability of the entire block in question, resulting in 54 residents in the area being displaced from their homes and forced out into the cold, officials said.

FDNY said the displaced received help from the American Red Cross and the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

The cause of the explosion and the subsequent fire were still under investigation early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

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