1 dead, 1 injured after house explosion in South River, New Jersey: Officials

Officials say one person is dead, and another person has been critically injured after a home exploded in South River, New Jersey on Thursday evening. 

The deceased victim has been identified as Kevin Gilbert, 62, a retired police officer who worked in Newark. The critically injured victim is said to be his son, who is also a police officer. He is receiving treatment at Saint Barnabas Hospital in Livingston.

The cause of the explosion is not yet clear.

Footage from SkyFOX showed the house leveled by the blast, with a very large debris field spreading out into the street. 

As a precaution, the neighborhood around the house was evacuated. No other injuries were reported.