HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A house explosion rocked a neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon.
It happened at Perry and Cedar streets. Authorities believe the structure was a vacant house in foreclosure.READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Announces Changes To Intake At Rikers Island After Isaabdul Karim's Death, 12th In Last 12 Months
The house is now a pile of rubble.
No one was inside. Fire officials said it’s amazing no one was seriously hurt.
“It was a vacant house, but had someone been in there, it could have been fatal,” Hempstead Fire Chief Scot Clarke told CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff.
The only injury was suffered by a woman in a home next door. She was rushed to the hospital with shortness of breath. The woman’s home also suffered some minor damage to the siding and windows.