SHIRLEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Investigators are looking into whether a gas leak caused several large explosions at a house on Long Island on Tuesday morning.
When firefighters arrived just before 10 a.m. at Essex Circle and Merrick Road in Shirley, flames had already spread to the entire home.
No one was in the house at the time of the blasts, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported. No injuries have been reported among first responders.
Video from Chopper 2 shows extensive damage to the back of the house, with walls gone and paint charred black from the flames.
A half-dozen fire companies helped put out the flames, and fire marshals probed a possible propane gas tank leak as the cause. Firefighters worked with some structural issues as they reined in the fire, trying to push over a chimney before it collapsed on its own.
“I pulled up to heavy smoke, and the whole back of the house was up in flames,” Brookhaven fire Chief Tom Connors said.
Despite losing everything, the homeowners say their greatest loss was that of a beloved pet. Next-door neighbor Benny Morales tried to rescue the trapped dog but was stopped by arriving first responders.
“I tried to go in, but they wouldn’t let me go in,” he said. “It broke my heart because he was such a good dog.”