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New York City firefighter killed in house explosion identified as dad-of-three

Published 27/09/2016 | 18:56

Bronx battalion chief Michael Fahey
Bronx battalion chief Michael Fahey

A New York City firefighter killed in a house explosion has been identified as a Bronx battalion chief.

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Michael Fahey, a 17-year veteran of the New York Fire Department and a father-of-three, was struck by debris from the Tuesday morning collapse in the Kingsbridge area.

Scene of explosion in New York
Scene of explosion in New York

New York mayor Bill de Blasio and fire commissioner Daniel Nigro said Mr Fahey was rushed to the hospital, but could not be saved.

Authorities were responding to a report of a gas leak when the residence exploded, shortly after firefighters discovered a possible drugs lab there.

Images from the scene showed much of the house was gone, with debris strewn over the street and covering parked cars. Parts of the first floor could also be made out.

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