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FDNY battalion chief killed in drug house explosion, 12 hurt

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Doug G. Ware
A firefighter walks the scene of a house explosion in the Bronx on Tuesday after responding to reports of a gas leak in the area. Twelve firefighters were injured in the explosion and a battalion chief was killed, officials said. Photo courtesy Fire Department of th City of New York
A firefighter walks the scene of a house explosion in the Bronx on Tuesday after responding to reports of a gas leak in the area. Twelve firefighters were injured in the explosion and a battalion chief was killed, officials said. Photo courtesy Fire Department of th City of New York

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A New York City Fire Department battalion chief died Tuesday while responding to a gas leak and subsequent explosion in the Bronx, the agency said.

Michael Fahy, a 17-year FDNY veteran, was struck by debris at the scene of the gas leak when a house exploded, authorities said.

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"It is with deep regret that FDNY announces the line of duty death of FDNY Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy," the department said on Twitter.

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"A tragedy today has befallen a family, our FDNY, and our entire city," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

"He was on the rise, he was a star, a brave man," FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. "We lost a hero today and our members are all saddened."

Fahy is survived by his wife and three children.

The house involved in the explosion was a drug house, authorities said Tuesday afternoon.

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The house explosion and gas leak are under investigation. Twelve other firefighters were injured in the blast, officials said.

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