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FDNY Battalion Chief killed after house explosion in Bronx

Firefighters respond to a house explosion in the Bronx, believed to be a drug den on Sept. 27, 2016.
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Firefighters respond to a house explosion in the Bronx, believed to be a drug den on Sept. 27, 2016.

A house exploded Tuesday morning in the Bronx killing a FDNY battalion chief and injuring at least 12 people, according to a NBC New York report.

Officials initially thought they were responding to a gas leak but law enforcement told NBC New York that they now believe the house was a marijuana-growing operation.

Battalion Chief Michael Fahy was a 17-year FDNY veteran and a father of three.

The blast occurred at West 234th Street near Tibbett Avenues in Kingsbridge before 7:30 a.m. ET, according to NBC New York's live coverage. The NYPD was called to the scene but the house had already exploded before they co

A witness, who was a block away dropping off kids to school, told NBC New York that he heard such a loud shake he thought a "plane fell from the sky."

Read NBC New York's full coverage.