One worker is dead and another is seriously injured after an explosion and fire at New England Used Auto Parts, a Bronx junkyard, on September 4, 2019. The injured worker, who recently became a father, has been placed in an induced coma after sustaining serious injuries in the blast which occurred around 3:10 in the afternoon.

The explosion knocked employees off their feet. The fire quickly engulfed the building located on Boston Road in Eastchester. The billows of thick, black smoke could be seen for miles. Fire officials told nearby residents not to breathe in the smoke and to close windows until the air had cleared.

Witnesses told NBCNewYork that the injured man was on fire when he exited the building. They smothered the flames and cut away his shirt so it would not stick to his wounds.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the explosion. FDNY Brox Borough Commander Christopher Boyle told local media that employees were using torches just before the explosion. At least 150 firefighters fought the blaze with white foam that combats chemical fires and suppresses toxic vapors.


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