PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A massive explosion at a single-family house in Port Washington that killed one person and injured five firefighters may have been intentional, fire officials said Wednesday.
Fire officials said the explosion appears to have been deliberately set with flammable liquids.
Just after 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said two officers responded to the home on Prospect Avenue on a report of a domestic dispute, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.
As CBS 2’s Don Champion reported, when officers arrived at the home on Prospect Avenue, a 39-year-old woman, whom neighbors identified as Angela MacNeill, and her 2-year-old daughter were inside.
Covered by a jacket, a woman identified as MacNeill returned to the house to get her belongings Wednesday afternoon, after police said she and her daughter narrowly escaped disaster.
The officers who arrived at their home smelled gas and just as they were getting the mom and toddler outside, they say the detached garage exploded and burst into flames.
Witnesses reported a huge fireball and thick clouds of black smoke from the blast.