Woman dies in Lackawanna house explosion as terrified neighbors see mattress on the roof of destroyed NY home

A WOMAN was killed in a fatal blast as terrified neighbors saw a mattress on the roof after their power cut out.

Crews on the scene confirmed that someone was in the house at the time of the blast.


At 8.30am, more than 580 National Grid customers in the area were without power. This is estimated to be restored by 9.45am.

Initial calls of an explosion came in at 7am, and crews rushed to the scene shortly after.

A woman who lived behind the house described the damage that she saw – including a mattress on top of the roof.

A reserve firefighter who lives nearby told the Buffalo News: "I've never seen anything like it. It was disastrous."

Images from the scene showed debris strewed across the street.

One resident in the area told WIVB that their "house felt like someone slammed into it."

Another added: "My entire house shook and the power is out, in mine and the apartment downstairs."

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