MANVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Two people were injured in a gas explosion at a house in Manville.

PSE&G workers were out in the Lost Valley section, working to restore power when a homeowner called the power company to report that his hot water heater was “sizzling.”

A crew headed downstairs at 112 Huff Avenue when the heater exploded in the basement.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports 

Hot water heater explosion in Manville, NJ (credit: Terry Sheridan/1010 WINS)

“It was a loud bang. I got scared. I thought something in our house – I literally thought something in our house exploded. I ran out of the room and I was like ‘What the heck was that sound I heard’?” one neighbor told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

Ken Otrimski, Director of Emergency Management in Manville, confirmed that two people were injured in the blast, according to WCBS 880.

Manville mayor Lillian Zuza said she was told by Township Police that the injured were PSE&G workers. Medevac helicopters responded to the scene and airlifted the two to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital.

Zuza was unsure of the condition of the homeowner, who was also on the scene at the time of the explosion.

Manville was one of the Somerset County towns hardest hit by Hurricane Irene on Sunday.

PSE&G haven’t released the condition of any of the injured men Saturday. They’re still investigating the cause.

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Comments (8)
  1. Thinking of you guys says:

    You should probably keep your dumb comments to yourself if you don’t know what really happened. Or you should just learn how to read the article and realize that they didn’t even make it down the steps to work on it, stupid. But don’t worry, I won’t have time to comment again because I will be visiting my best friend in the burn center for the next 45 days with his parents. Burns all over your body is something all 32 year old guys want to go through.

  2. Sarah says:

    People seriously have issues, these poor pse+g workers are very badly hurt and thats what u have to say.. Keep your rude comments to yourself!!!

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  4. Hey look it was jim says:

    Why post names on a public message board unless you are looking for a pat on th back. Just do the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing.

    1. Maureen Donner says:

      Yes….you’re right. Thank God you woke up this morning and were able to put me in my place…..I was in the process of making banners ” Jim for President”….but you set me straight. Whew, that was a close one. Thank you so much.

  5. Maureen Donner says:

    My husband, Jim Weaver of Huff Ave was the first to respond to the explosion. He and another PSE&G worker shut the gas off on the street and brought the three men to safety before emergency services even arrived. I am proud of these brave men, who risked their lives to help others. I pray that the injured men will have a speedy recovery. PSE&G workers have been working in the Valley 24-7 since last Sunday. They are an amazing group of people….there is no blame to be placed here. I want to thank them for all of there hard work and concern for all of us.

    1. PSE&G worker did I do that says:

      I wonder what those PSE&G hack workers touched before the explosion.This is what happens during times like this incompetent workers with no skill trying to fix what they cant .The usa is in need of skilled workers and they are not at PSE&G or Con ED or LIPA .

      1. FACTS says:

        Wow, people like you really exist? You have no idea what happened that day! So to set you straight, the PSE&G workers didn’t even get down the steps to the boiler to touch ANYTHING before the explosion! If I were you I would really be questioning the type of person that I am! The fact that you would say something so heinous about two innocent people who are now fighting for their lives clearly makes you a horrible person!

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