NEW YORK - Fire marshals have ruled out natural gas as the cause of last weekend's deadly building explosion in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Two people did in that tragedy. Investigators looked at the gas meters and determined that natural gas was not flowing into the second floor apartment at the time of Saturday's explosion.
"The investigation into the cause preliminarily focused on the possibility of natural gas being involved due to information from the building landlord that the occupant of the second floor apartment - which is where the explosion/fire originated - had been removing a stove while in the course of vacating the apartment," Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement. "[P]rior to the explosion no significant natural gas flow into any part of the building had occurred."
Both victim have been identified: Ligia Puello and Fancisca Figueroa.
The FDNY's probe of the cause continues.