Hours after the Newark apartment building explosion, investigators from the Newark Fire Department and the New Jersey State Police have determined the cause. According to these two authorities, the explosion was caused by a gas leak. The leak is believed to have originated in an apartment on the third floor of the building.
The explosion occurred at approximately 11:00 PM on Friday, July 22. The blast caused the building to collapse, trapping several people inside.
Rescue crews were able to pull 12 people from the rubble, but one person unfortunately succumbed to the injuries. The injuries of the other 11 victims are not believed to be life-threatening.
The investigation into the explosion is ongoing, but investigators believe that the gas leak was caused by a maintenance worker who was working on the building’s gas lines.
NEW JERSEY: Six people were injured, one seriously, and 31 people were displaced from their homes after an explosion at a Housing Authority apartment building in Newark. pic.twitter.com/jWNiwqfcNl
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Meanwhile, the identity of the deceased victim of the incident is yet to be revealed by the authorities.
The South Pine Lane apartment, which is a two-storey building, is said to be inhabited by 30 people.