Massive gas explosion leaves several Long Island homes on fire near JFK airportNovember 1, 2020
A huge gas explosion close to JFK airport left several Long Island houses on fire Sunday morning, with two firefighters among three people airlifted to the hospital, according to officials.
Terrifying videos showed houses completely in flames in Meadowmere Park, Nassau County, following the explosion around 5:39 a.m. Sunday.
The explosion left at least three houses “badly damaged” by flames in the quiet street directly opposite where the local fire chief of department, Kevin Carrero, lives — with him racing his own five kids to safety before rushing to help with the rescue.
“It was like a big explosion — like a bomb going off,” Carrero said, saying “everybody felt it here.”
“It was a fireball,” the fire official said.
An unidentified man at the house where the explosion appears to have happened was injured, with burns to an arm, along with two firefighters when a chimney collapsed, officials said. All were airlifted to a local hospital.
“The firefighter injuries were serious, but they’re both in stable condition,” Nassau County Assistant Chief Michael Uttaro said.
Meadowmere Park borders Queens and is close to JFK Airport.
Uttaro said that it “looks like a natural gas-fed fire,” stressing, “Right now it does not look suspicious.”
As well as the fire chief, other neighbors who rushed to help included at least a local nurse who lives two doors away.
She told The Post that the “big boom” that shook her whole house.
“We thought a plane crashed in the yard,” said the first responder, who asked for her name not to be used.
She raced to one of the burning houses where “everyone was screaming” except a senior in her 60s or 70s who was in shock and needed oxygen.
“She kept saying, ‘My house, it’s completely gone!’” the nurse recalled.
“I told her, ‘You’re alive! Material things can be replaced.’ It’s very sad.”
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