July 13, 2024
Gasoline causes explosion injuring 4, destroying home, damaging automobiles in 
Broward’s West Park, firefighters say

WEST PARK, Fla. – 4 individuals, together with two kids, had been injured after an explosion leveled a home and broken neighboring houses and automobiles early Tuesday morning in Broward County.

Broward Sheriff Fireplace Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane mentioned there was a fiery mushroom cloud, however when firefighters arrived on the home in West Park there wasn’t a fireplace.

Kane mentioned three of the victims who suffered burns had been at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Heart in Miami and the opposite particular person injured was at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

“The accidents vary from important to life-threatening,” Kane mentioned.

Witnesses close by reported one thing had blown up, so Broward firefighters and deputies responded shortly after 12:30 a.m., to the home at 5241 SW 20 St., a few block away from the Central Missionary Baptist Church.

“The house was utterly destroyed; it seemed to be by some kind of fuel,” Kane mentioned.

Witnesses so far as neighboring Pembroke Park, Hollywood, and even northern Miami-Dade County reported listening to a bang and feeling constructions shake.

West Park Commissioner Pleasure Smith lives solely blocks away from the explosion. She was on scene in a single day and got here again throughout her lunch break simply to verify on her neighbors.

“I used to be so scared I assumed a bomb was dropped right here,” she mentioned. “Persons are very a lot nervous and scared, and belief me, we’d like assist.”

Kane mentioned the “remoted” incident remained below investigation by the State Fireplace Marshal. Firefighters suspected a propane fuel leak was more likely to blame.

“We simply know that the explosion was brought on by some kind of fuel,” Kane mentioned.

Deputies plan to maintain the realm of 20 Avenue and 52 Avenue closed by Wednesday in the course of the investigation.

Three homes have been marked unsafe: the 2 on both aspect of the house that exploded and a 3rd throughout the road.

The Pink Cross mentioned it will likely be aiding six individuals who stay in these houses.

Detectives had been asking anybody with details about the case to name Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

Moreover, a GoFundMe web page was began by one of many households dwelling in an adjoining dwelling that was deemed unsafe to assist with bills.

Morning information convention (Unedited video): Broward Sheriff Fireplace Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane

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