On March 26, 2015 a gas explosion in the East Village, NYC caused a massive blaze, killing two people and injuring twenty-five others. The fire raged for many hours and three neighboring buildings collapsed as a result. First Alert's earliest notification was 12 minutes ahead of major news reports, helping to speed response time of emergency personnel.
First Alert was the first to alert emergency responders of the event, within minutes of the explosion.
Woah, HUGE explosion noise on the block and everyone’s sticking their heads out the windows. What just happened!
Explosion on 2nd ave and 7th St Manhattan
Loud explosion at 7th and 2nd. NYPD and FDNY already on the scene
Explosion 7 & 2nd NYC east village #fire #explosion #NYC
Con Edison crews responding to building collapse in #EastVillage. Cause is still undetermined.