The Latest: No residents hurt when blast destroys 2 New Jersey homes

The scene of an explosion that may be related to a gas leak in Paterson, N.J., on Oct. 4, 2016. (CBS New York)
The scene of an explosion that may be related to a gas leak in Paterson, N.J., on Oct. 4, 2016. (CBS New York)

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a possible gas explosion that destroyed two multifamily homes in Paterson, New Jersey (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

Authorities say it appears no residents were injured when an explosion destroyed two multifamily homes in New Jersey.

But some firefighters are being evaluated for possible minor issues related to the Tuesday morning blast in Paterson.

City officials say residents had reported a possible gas leak, and firefighters arrived minutes later. They heard hissing sounds coming from the homes and quickly evacuated the residences.

Fire Chief Michael Postorino says 11 people lived in the two homes that were destroyed. He says about 15 other homes received some damage from the blast, such as broken windows or minor structural issues.

Homes and businesses on several nearby blocks were evacuated as a precaution. Many residents were congregating in a nearby park, awaiting word on when they would be allowed to return home.

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10:45 a.m.

Two New Jersey houses have been destroyed in an explosion that occurred after neighbors reported the smell of gas and firefighters arrived to investigate.

It’s not yet clear if anyone was injured in the Tuesday morning blast in Paterson.

Councilman Andre Sayegh says residents had notified authorities of the gas smell, and firefighters arrived at the scene shortly before the blast occurred.

One man says he saw the people who live in one of the homes departing their residence before the explosion.

A spokeswoman for Public Service Electric & Gas says the utility is working to determine what had happened and couldn’t immediately comment on the matter.

Homes and businesses on several nearby blocks were evacuated as a precaution.

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10:35 a.m.

A New Jersey home has exploded shortly after neighbors reported the smell of gas.

It’s not yet clear if anyone was injured in the 10 a.m. Tuesday blast in Paterson.

Witnesses reported smelling gas shortly before the blast. One man said he saw the people who live in the home departing the residence before the explosion.

A spokeswoman for Public Service Electric & Gas says the utility was working to determine what had happened and could not immediately comment on the matter.

Homes and businesses on several nearby blocks were evacuated as a precaution.

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