An explosion in car showrooms at New Rochelle, New York, brought horror to an area crowded with holiday shoppers on Wednesday (December 29th).
An explosion in car showrooms at New Rochelle, New York, brought horror to an area crowded with holiday shoppers on Wednesday (December 29th). Three people were killed, 33 injured and several others missing.
N.B.C. cameramen filmed fire crews battling to prevent flames from the showrooms spreading to adjoining businesses. Fire-fighting was hampered by sections of the ruined building collapsing into the street and it was more than an hour before the flames were brought under control.
SYNOPSIS: Flames leap from the showrooms of a car dealers in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City, on Wednesday after an explosion had ripped through the building. The blast, which occurred in the mid-afternoon, brought horror to an area crowded with holiday shoppers.
Early casualty figures showed that three people died in the explosion. Many others were reported missing in the rubble. The first priority confronting firemen was to prevent the flames from spreading to adjoining businesses. They couldn't prevent the fire from reaching another auto-showroom next door - and a third car firm was also threatened.
The blase hampered traffic through New Rochelle's Main Street, which is also a major roadway for trucks. Sections of the gutted building collapsing into the roadway were an additional hazard. The fire raged for more than an hour before being brought under control, and by that time the showrooms and the building next door had been completely destroyed.
A total of thirty-three people were injured in the explosion and its aftermath. Fire experts said the blast was probably caused when a boiler exploded in the ear showrooms.