Suspect in Fatal Bronx NY Drug Lab Explosion Apprehended in Cliffside Park, NJ
Police in Cliffside Park New Jersey recently arrested a man believed to have fled a drug lab in the Bronx NY just before an explosion killed a firefighter.
The unfortunate incident went down at a single-family home located at 300 West 234th Street in the Bronx, NY. According to law enforcement, the NY Fire Department dispatched firefighters to the residence after getting a report that the odor of gas was coming from the residence. A short time after firetrucks got to the scene, firefighters knocked on the door to the house. That’s when the suspect allegedly bolted out of the residence and fled the area.
Moments later, the building exploded. The explosion resulted in serious property damage and caused injuries to several people outside the home.
The gas explosion also caused the death of a New York Fire Department battalion chief who was at the scene. He died when debris flew out of the house and hit him.
The suspect is a 32-year-old man who was reportedly renting the Bronx home. He was arrested in Cliffside Park, NJ by NYPD detectives and US Marshals. The suspect was located and arrested on a warrant for a minor crime unrelated to the drug lab explosion.
It is possible that additional criminal charges against the suspect could be forthcoming. That’s because authorities believe that the Bronx NY residence was being used to grow marijuana. If the suspect is ultimately connected to the drug lab, he could face criminal charges for marijuana distribution.
Additionally, the suspect could face extremely serious charges for manslaughter if it is determined that he had anything to do with the explosion that killed the New York firefighter.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Reportedly Arrested in N.J. in Connection with Fatal Drug Lab Blast.”