When fellow first responders arrived, they heard moaning coming from under the rubble. Cigercioglu joined them in clearing a path and pulling the man out. Cigercioglu said the man collapsed in the officers’ arms. He was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries and was in stable condition.
“Timing is everything,” Cigercioglu said at a news conference. “It could have been a lot worse. Luckily there was only one individual in that house, and we were able to get him out.”
Town officials initially said the person in the home wasn’t injured.
Neighbors said the blast “sounded like a plane crash” and rattled their homes while spreading debris across a wide area. The debris damaged some nearby homes, and rattled residents were evacuated as a precaution while crews fought the blaze.
“I was just in my room and at my computer and I heard a loud boom,” said Christian Torres, who lives across the street from the home where the explosion occurred.
He told The Record that his family’s home “started shaking (and) my mom started calling my name, freaking out.”