FDNY Battalion Chief Killed in Bronx House Explosion while Investigating Drug Lab

WABC - September 28, 2016

by Eyewitness News

KINGSBRIDGE, Bronx (WABC) -- An FDNY battalion chief was killed and 20 other people injured in an explosion and fire at a house in the Bronx after what appeared to be a drug lab was discovered.

It happened inside a two-story private house on West 234th Street in the Kingsbridge section just after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Battalion Chief Michael Fahy, a 17-year-veteran with Battalion 19 in the Bronx, was evacuating the house at the time and was struck by debris from the explosion.

He was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital-Allen Pavilion, but could not be saved.

"He was a star, a brave man," said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro of Fahy, a married father of three.

"It's a terrible loss for the Fahy family, a loss for the fire department family," said Nigro. "We feel it deeply today."

Nine firefighters sustained non life-threatening injuries. Also injured were six police officers, three Con Edison workers and two civilians.

"Our members were investigating an odor of gas, he was directing operations," said Nigro. "They evacuated the surrounding buildings, got everyone else out of the way, when the explosion occurred."

The single-family house was partially destroyed and the explosion rocked an area of row houses in Kingsbridge.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill says part of the investigation will involve looking into the location as a possible marijuana "grow house."

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