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Firefighter Dies In Bronx House Explosion


WORLD. TO THE HOUSE EXPLOSION THAT KILLED A FIREFIGHTER THIS MORNING IN THE BRONX. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE BLAST HAPPENED IN WHAT APPEARS TO BE A MARIJUANA GROW HOUSE AND A MAN IS BEING QUESTIONED TONIGHT. TONY AIELLO LIVE FROM THE SCENE WITH MORE. Reporter: THEY HAVE SET UP LIGHT TOWERS TO HELP WITH THE PAIN STAKING COLLECTION OF EVIDENCE. A PERSON OF INTEREST IS IN CUSTODY. THE TRAGEDY ON 224TH STREET, A REMINDER OF THE DANGER. Reporter: FIREFIGHTERS SALUTING THEIR FALLEN COMRADE AS HIS REMAINS LEFT THE HOSPITAL. MICHAEL WHO STUDIED LAW BUT THEN FOLLOWED HIS DAD INTO THE FIRE SERVICE MOURNED BY AN EMOTIONAL COMMISSIONER. IT’S A LOSS FOR THE FAMILY, FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FAMILY. WE ARE A FAMILY. WE FEEL IT DEEPLY. Reporter: HE GREW UP IN ROCKLIN COUNTY AND LIVED IN YONKERS. FRIENDS AND FAMILY VISITED THE HOME ALL DAY. NOTHING BUT KIND WORDS TO BE SAID ABOUT THIS MAN AND HIS FAMILY. HE WAS JUST A VERY WONDERFUL NEIGHBOR. Reporter: HE WAS KILLED BY FLYING DEBRIS IN AN EARLY MORNING BLAST IN THE BRONX. WHAT AN EXPLOSION! I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT! Reporter: IT SHOOK THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND EXPOSED THE SECRET ON THE SECOND FLOOR. YOU CAN SEE WHAT LOOKS LIKE LARGE MARIJUANA PLANTS INSIDE WHAT’S LEFT OF 304 WEST 234TH. POLICE HAVE A MAN IN CUSTODY. THEY BELIEVE HE WAS A FRONT MAN RENTING THE SECOND FLOOR WHICH SERVED AS AN ELABORATE INDOOR POT FARM. THE EXPLOSION SENT TONS OF BRICK AND RUBBLE INTO THE STREET. CARS WERE SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED. MAN DOWN. Reporter: A FIREFIGHTER STANDING 5 FEET AWAY WAS UNHURT, BUT SEVERAL OTHER, COPS, AND CONED WORKERS WERE INJURED. THERE IS ANGER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. I THINK IT’S HORRIBLE. I THINK IT’S SO SAD AND SELFISH OF ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT DO THIS STUFF AND BLOWUP. PUT OTHERS AT RISK. AND INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO DO THEIR JOBS. IT’S SCARY. AND IT JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT YOU THESE PEOPLE ARE RUNNING IN AND WE’RE RUNNING OUT. Reporter: EVIDENCE TEAMS PICKED THROUGH THE RUBBLE AND BAGGED EVERY SCRAP TO BE OF VALUE BUILDING A CASE THAT THIS TRAGEDY IS ALSO A CRIME. CREWS ARE STILL CHECKING EVERY GAS MAIN ON THE BLOCK. A LADDER TRUCK WILL ARRIVE AND HELP THEM REACH THE SECOND FLOOR OF THAT LOG HOME SO THEY CAN COLLECT — EXPLODING HOME SO THEY CAN COLLECT SOME EVIDENT. THE THEORY IS THE DRUG OPERATORS MAY HAVE TAMPERED WITH THE UTILITY HOOKUP SPARKING THAT BLAST. A MOST OF SILENCE AT THE RANGER GAME. FAHY’S PICTURE WAS

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  • its painful to see how many of my brothers die doing what we love but its a sacarfice we make cause we love our job

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