New York City fire chief dies in house explosion

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City’s fire commissioner says a Bronx battalion chief killed in a house explosion was a “rising star” in the department.

Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Mayor Bill de Blasio say Michael Fahy, a 17 year veteran, was a father of three and the son of a fire chief.

The house and surrounding buildings had been evacuated Tuesday following a gas leak report. Fahy was directing operations from the street when he was struck by falling debris.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill says part of the investigation will involve looking into the location as a possible marijuana “grow house.”

Nigro says there were renters living in the house. Police say six officers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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