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BREAKING: Gas line explosion causes fire in Lakewood; Hundreds evacuated (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)

Firefighters are battling a fire in Lakewood which was reportedly the result of a gas explosion.

The incident occurred shortly after 8 AM in the area of 2nd Street and Forest Avenue, and smoke can be seen for miles.

UPDATE: A 2nd alarm has been toned out, requesting all firefighters to respond.

Buildings in a two-block radius are being evacuated and roads are being shut.

Lakewood is requesting mutual aid from surrounding townships.

UPDATE: A resident who was evacuated tells TLS the explosion was reportedly caused after a tractor struck a gas line.

UPDATE: Lakewood Hatzolah, EMS, Lakewood First Aid and other OEM organizations are assisting with the evacuation efforts.

UPDATE 8:55 AM: The gas line has been shut and the fire has been mostly contained.

UPDATE 9:38 AM: Crews continue to check for gas leaks in the area. Residents not yet allowed back in their homes.

Developing.

Police Commissioner Meir Lichtenstein gives update at the scene.

UPDATE: 11:10 AM. According to sources, the tractor was attempting to dig a trench near a home which had constant flooding, striking the gas line.

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There are 28 Comments to "BREAKING: Gas line explosion causes fire in Lakewood; Hundreds evacuated (VIDEOS & PHOTOS)"

  • South says:

    8 am?

  • Eli g says:

    Where is this ?

  • Concerned mom says:

    Where in Lakewood is the fire?

  • Chaya says:

    Where is this happening?

  • What time is it? says:

    8 AM maybe?

  • Correction says:

    8AM not PM

  • Pickle says:

    Where is it?

  • FD says:

    Where is the fire? Which roads are closed?

  • Esther says:

    Why would you not write where it is so we can plan our drives

  • Jay says:

    Is it too hard to report where this is?

  • Toasted says:

    Please post the general location so we know where to avoid and/ or offer assistance to people we may know in the area.
    Very unhelpful when you report half stories.

  • Concerned says:

    Tls, you mean 8 am?

  • where? says:

    Where is this?

  • forest ave says:

    across from satmar

  • Fire location says:

    It’s on 2nd st west of forest

  • Southside says:

    2nd and forest ave

  • Resident of area says:

    Fire is in the complex parking lot (and attached housing) on forest Ave between 2nd and 3rd (between forest and private way).

  • me says:

    Looks like Forest & 2nd-3rd

  • dov says:

    Always remember NOT to park in front of fire hydrants or on yellow lines nearest to corners. We live in a community where there is little room for error when it comes to safety.

  • LPD says:

    fire Was started by anti vaxxers to take some of the “heat” off them! Oh that’s a conspiracy theory?? Anti Vaxxers live and die and kill with conspiracy theories!

    • Anti-vaxxers will say the same idea says:

      Sorry, the anti-vaxxers say that vaccines are fire – cause autism, seizeures etc, and that benefits have not been proven. Even if so, they have their own risks – not necessarily better than not vaccinating. It’s a big discussion

  • Goldy says:

    I think a better question than “where” is “why” ? We know that a blade of grass does not bend in the wind without Hashem’s Will. So Hashem made this explosion happen. And it is Hashem who protects a person from getting sick, no matter what they do or don’t do.

    Perhaps the heat of machlokes was getting to a conflagratory point in Lakewood, but people were so engrossed in it, that they didn’t notice it – so Hashem sent an explosion to open up our eyes.

    I think it would be a smart idea to “extinguish the flames” – In my opinion lashon hara, vile comments, etc. are much more dangerous than an unvaccinated child. If you really believe in Hashem, He will protect you if you do your hishtadlus – and no more than that. You do your hishtadlus and let the other person do theirs.

    May we only hear besoros tovos, b’ezras Hashem.

  • Sinas hinom says:

    Looks like LPD got a double dosage of MMR vaccine
    It’s takes a lot intellect to write that comment .

  • A tractor !! says:

    Isn’t there a “Look before you Dig” rule and isn’t it common sense ? This is a terrible accident. I feel so bad.
    I used to live in that complex, it’s a place Mulei V’Gudish of Talmidei Chachomim and Marbitzei Torah.
    I hope everyone can get back safe very soon.

  • A says:

    I don’t mean this in a not nice way but we shouldn’t be making laytzunus about the vaccines if the vaad of Lakewood said that this is what we should be doing

  • I AGREEE!!!!! says:

    thank you lpd!

  • EL says:

    strife brings fire and destruction! Stop the machlokes! Lets not send out the antivaxxers like bar kamtza!!

  • Stop building says:

    Ban the townhouses