The FDNY said a body was found in the debris on Thursday afternoon. The deceased, who has not been identified, apparently was working on a metal shed at the time of the incident, and the shed collapsed on him.
An employee at the junkyard, Steven Baez, was hospitalized with burn injuries, according to a family member. A man who helps at the junkyard told News 12 he saw Baez run out of the fire, burning and asking for help.
The News 12 reporter was told that Baez is in a coma, but fire officials said the hospitalized employee – whom they did not identify – is in critical condition at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Medical Center.
Boston Road junkyard fire:
100 firefighters called
The victim’s body was removed from the scene at about 7:15 p.m. More than 100 firefighters were called to the scene Wednesday when the incident occurred.
Co-workers of the dead man remember him fondly. A News 12 reporter was told his wife was waiting at the junkyard all day for word on her husband.
Emergency crews and firefighters responded to the scene at New England Used Auto Parts a little before 3 p.m. Wednesday. They were met with heavy flames billowing smoke that could be seen for miles.
Video captured the heavy, thick and black smoke rising high above houses and apartment buildings in the surrounding area before dispersing across the afternoon sky. The smoke shut down roads in the vicinity of the fire, and snarled traffic in the area right before the evening rush.
Boston Road junkyard fire:
Witnesses describe hearing an explosion, but an FDNY spokesperson said the sound was made by tires popping.
Fire marshals are investigating what caused the fire.
5 Casper homes deemed “unable to occupy” after Labor Day explosion
From the Oil City News: Five homes in Casper, Wyoming, have been classified as “unable to occupy” after being damaged by a Labor Day explosion. The incident occurred near the intersection of West 39th Street and Plateau Place.
Debris damaged more than 12 nearby residences. Inspectors evaluated seven homes that showed obvious signs of structural damage on the 3800 block of Plateau Place and the 3700 and 3800 blocks of Arroyo Drive. Five of those were deemed “unable to occupy.”
“Investigation into the cause of the Plateau Place home explosion in Casper remains active and ongoing,” the Casper Police Department said in a news release.
Casper explosion: no injuries
Officials said City of Casper Building Inspectors, Casper Fire-EMS, and the Casper Police Department have been working to secure and investigate the scene since the explosion occurred at about 12:30 p.m. Monday.
“We are extremely grateful that no one was injured yesterday,” said Dane Anderson, a spokesperson for Casper Fire-EMS. “Although no one was physically injured, this tragedy has severely impacted many of our neighbors. We take it as a personal responsibility to help them in any way we can.”
City crews are working in conjunction with local contractors to remove and clear the area of debris.
Casper explosion: quick reaction
Rocky Mountain Power and Black Hills Energy crews responded immediately and shut off power and gas to surrounding homes as a precaution while the investigation took place.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) out of Denver also responded out of an abundance of caution. The ATF investigation is ongoing.
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