Firefighter dies in NYC house blast after report of gas leak

In this frame from video provided by WABC-TV, smoke rises from a house that exploded in the Bronx borough of New York on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Authorities said firefighters responded to a report of a gas leak right before the house exploded. (WABC-TV via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fire Department of New York says a firefighter has died in a Bronx house explosion after a report of a gas leak and a drug lab.

Authorities say firefighters responding to a report of a gas leak Tuesday morning in the Bronx discovered what appeared to be a drug lab right before a two-story private house exploded. Images from the scene showed much of the house gone and debris on the street and covering parked cars.

The FDNY confirmed a firefighter’s death later Tuesday morning.

Police say six officers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The mayor’s office had tweeted that the mayor and fire commissioner were at the hospital.

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Authorities say firefighters had notified police after finding a drug lab. The house exploded afterward.

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