Ridgefield man rescued from rubble of home following explosion

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A Ridgefield has been hospitalized after he was pulled from the rubble of his home after it exploded.

Authorities say the explosion leveled the Abbot Avenue home around 11:30 a.m. Monday and sent debris flying within a three-block radius.

Off-duty police officer Hagob Cigerciogle was the first person to arrive at the scene. He says he and several other police officers heard the homeowner’s moans coming from inside the rubble.

"All of the officers were able to lift this plank of wood up where we were able to see him underneath," Cigerciogle says "We were able to take some wood out to make a big enough hole where he crawled out, and several officers and I helped him get out of the house."

 

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Neighbors tell News 12 New Jersey that the 50-year-old homeowner lives alone and suffered burns and a laceration before taken to the hospital.

"They took him to the hospital, so I hope and pray he is alright," says neighbor Barbara Maguire.

Maguire says that the explosion shook her whole house.

Fire officials say that they had to deal with a gas leak when they first arrived.

"We had to hold off fire suppression due to an active gas leak. Once the gas leak was taken care of by PSE&G, we were able to extinguish the fire,” says Chief David Brierty.

It was not yet known if the gas leak caused the explosion or was caused by the explosion. PSE&G crews checked all nearby homes to make sure no one else had a gas leak.

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