NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police and fire crews are on the scene of a gas explosion which completely leveled a townhouse in West Haverstraw in Rockland County, luckily the family of four who lived in the house was out at the time of the explosion.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi On The Story

Orange and Rockland County Utilities tell 1010 WINS a contractor was working on a gas line shortly before the explosion occurred at a home on Zarriello Lane.

CBS 2’s Jim Smith reports the initial call to the fire department came in around 12:15 p.m. about a gas leak at the location giving neighbors plenty of time to evacuate the area before the explosion, which occurred shortly before 1 p.m..

Officials confirm two firefighters and two O&R workers sustained non-life threatening injuries.

CBS2’s Pablo Guzman spoke with witnesses in West Haverstraw where no fatalaties have been reported, thanks in large part to fast work on the part of authorities to evacuate residents before the explosion.

Neighboor Alicia Rodriguez told Guzman that she saw the whole thing.

“It was out of a movie…the explosion and the debris…unreal…whole neighborhood shook,” she said.

Neighbors were kept out of their homes for nearly eight hours before being allowed to return.

Comments (3)
  1. Steve Dorff says:

    Sounds solid and real. But I think the FBI and DEA are so underpaid that they deserve to steal from suckers in order to be able to feed their families.
    Just as Congress should be allowed to insider trade on the stock market. They all deserve to be multimillionaires.
    Please don’t write against the law enforcement officials again!

  2. Bullett says:

    What type of work was a contractor performing? Story is incomplete and lacks substance!

    1. bullett says:

      Did someone forget to call in for mark outs? “Call before you dig” 1-800-272-1000

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