New York City explosion kills 1, hurts 3; gas leak suspected

Firefighters work at the at the scene of an explosion at a three-story building in the Borough Park neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says the explosion apparently happened after a stove was disconnected. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Firefighters work at the at the scene of an explosion at a three-story building in the Borough Park neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro says the explosion apparently happened after a stove was disconnected. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) – Debris is being removed from a Brooklyn building where an apparent gas explosion killed a woman and injured three others.

Authorities say they’re conducting a thorough search Sunday of the three-story house in the Borough Park neighborhood.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams plans to propose new gas safety measures at a 12:30 p.m. news conference near the site of Saturday’s explosion.

A gas leak is believed to have triggered the blast that blew off the entire front of the building. The exact cause is under investigation, but authorities say it may have followed the removal of a stove.

The collapse follows two other gas explosions in recent years in the city. One killed eight people in East Harlem last year. And two people died in an East Village explosion earlier this year.

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