Victim in fatal Elizabeth house explosion identified as Femi Brown

Officials have released the name of the man who was killed when a home exploded in Elizabeth. Femi Brown, 24, was on the second floor of the home on Magnolia Avenue when it exploded at around 8 a.m.

News 12 Staff

Nov 13, 2015, 4:24 AM

Updated 3,086 days ago

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Victim in fatal Elizabeth house explosion identified as Femi Brown
Officials have released the name of the man who was killed when a home exploded in Elizabeth.
Femi Brown, 24, was on the second floor of the home on Magnolia Avenue when it exploded at around 8 a.m. Wednesday. The explosion injured over a dozen other people. Two of the victims, including an 11-year-old, remain in critical condition with severe burns.
Investigators were on scene while wrecking crews began working on the rubble Thursday. The pile will be taken apart carefully to make sure no other people or animals are trapped inside. Appliances will also need to be separated so investigators can figure out how the explosion happened.
Neighbors tell News 12 New Jersey that they reported the smell of gas hours before the explosion occurred. The family that owns the home that exploded says that a tenant notified Elizabethtown Gas.
"[The tenant] said she called the gas company and they came over and they saw the house ... and they looked at everything and everything was fine," says Eliel Brito.
A spokesman for Elizabethtown Gas Company would not confirm to News 12 New Jersey if a crew was in fact sent to investigate before the explosion.
Nearly 50 people are displaced. The Red Cross tells News 12 New Jersey that it is assisting 23 families. The organization is providing emergency assistance, including temporary lodging, food and clothing. Counseling services will also be provided.


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