A man was seriously burned earlier today following what a bystander described as a “small explosion.” According to the bystander’s second-hand account, “a guy engulfed in flames” ran out of the building located at 170 Avenue C before emergency vehicles arrived. The victim’s charred clothes were left behind at the scene and have since been removed.
The fire department confirmed that it received a call at 2:26 p.m. this afternoon reporting a man with serious burns. The victim was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Burn Center in serious condition. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
A Con Ed emergency truck was spotted at the scene of the incident but a spokesperson for the utility company said it wasn’t involved and its “trucks are everywhere.”