Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy was among the first responders sent to the home after a 7:01 a.m. call to 911 reporting a gas leak in the area around W. 234th St. and Irwin Ave., authorities said.
The blast in the two-story attached brick home collapsed its roof and sent smoke billowing over the quiet street, with the chief suffering fatal injuries.
He was pronounced dead at NewYork-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital, officials said.
A second firefighter, seven police officers and a Con Edison worker were injured by the explosion.
None of the other injuries were believed to be life-threatening. The death was the FDNY’s first in the line of duty in more than two years.
FDNY wrote on facebook today: It is with deep regret that FDNY announces the line of duty death of FDNY Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy, Battalion 19. Chief Fahy made the Supreme Sacrifice while operating today at BOX 3732 in the Bronx. He was a 17-year veteran of the FDNY. Chief Fahy served as a Firefighter beginning in 1999, was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004, to Captain in 2007 and to Battalion Chief in 2012.
Our thoughts and prayers are with B/C Fahy's loved ones, FDNY and NYPD.
Rest easy Chief, we'll take it from here.