Mayor: New Jersey house explosion kills 1, 2 others burned

Firefighters respond to the scene of a house explosion on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 in Elizabeth, N.J. The explosion injured at least three people and may have trapped up to five others, a city spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A house explosion in northern New Jersey killed one person and left two severely burned Wednesday, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage said.

Eleven others were taken to hospitals, according to the mayor.

The blast leveled the two-family duplex on Magnolia Avenue “like a pancake,” Bollwage said.

Bollwage said he was “90 percent sure it was a natural gas explosion,” but it was unclear what set it off.

No names or ages of any of the victims have been released.

“It sounded like a plane crash, and I thought it was, because we are so close to the airport,” neighbor Kayon Pryce told NJ.com. “I was on the phone and the phone blew out of my hand.”

Pryce also said all the windows in his building were blown out and his floors were no longer level.

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