One person is believed to have died after an apparent gas explosion rocked a suburban neighborhood in Buffalo, New York on Tuesday.
Lackawanna Fire Captain Andrew Kaminski told USA TODAY that firefighters, arson, police and utility crews were at the scene of the blast Tuesday morning in western New York City.
Kaminski said one person, the resident of the house who has not been identified, was killed in the blast. He also said the cause was not yet determined but it was a gas explosion.
“At the moment, everyone is being evacuated from surrounding homes,” Kaminski said as investigators secure the area.
Local TV stations reported that around 600 customers in the area lost power, but most of it was restored later that morning. The National Grid utility has listed 42 customers still without electricity at 10 a.m.
Photos shared on social media showed the house leveled with debris around its property and neighboring houses with smashed windows.
Volunteer firefighter Michael Salamone lives across the street and told WBEN he sprang into action after seeing white lightning and falling debris.
“It looked like a bomb had gone off,” he told local radio.
He said an elderly woman lived in the house and her car was still in the driveway at the time of the explosion.