The explosion was reported at 15 West Avenue just before 6 a.m. and caused three homes to catch fire.
It is believed the explosion happened at the house in the middle of the three. Flames quickly shifted to the home on the right before wind shifted the flames to the other home.
Several surrounding agencies responded, including the FDNY, to quickly put out the flames. The fire was under control within about two hours.
Despite the quick action, several homes were reduced to rubble.
At least two firefighters were seriously injured when a chimney collapsed. One was taken to South Nassau Hospital while the other was airlifted to Nassau University Medical Center. Despite the injuries, both firefighters are said to be stable.
A male civilian who was in the middle house was also airlifted to NUMC for bad burns and smoke inhalation.
The Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department posted video that showed the flames had spread to multiple homes.
Drivers were advised that Rockaway Turnpike is closed in both directions between Brookville Boulevard and Peninsula Boulevard due to a house fire. Motorists should avoid the area.
Fire officials are working with Nassau County Bomb Squad to investigate the explosion. Right now, authorities say it looks like natural gas and it doesn’t appear to be suspicious.
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