New Jersey Home Explodes Due to Gas Leak Just Hours After Family with Newborn Baby had Evacuated Due to Hurricane Ida Flooding

The shocking video was captured on a Ring camera nearby and shows the home on River Road in Rahway, a town 26 miles southwest of New York City, erupt as it was shredded to rubble early Thursday morning

New video shows the moment a New Jersey home exploded because of an apparent gas leak hours after the family who lived there evacuated during flash flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

The shocking video was captured on a Ring camera nearby and shows the home on River Road in Rahway, a town 26 miles southwest of New York City, erupt as it was shredded to rubble early Thursday morning.

Mitesh Patel said he and his wife Nirali Patel had ‘thankfully’ made it out of the house with their one-month old daughter and dog, in a post made to a GoFundMe fundraiser set up to help the family recover from the loss of their home.

‘I’m just more happy that my wife’s OK, our newborn’s OK. They’re considering it a total loss. It’s going to take a time, so we’re just trying to figure out where we’re going to be staying, where to pick up the pieces,’ Patel told WABC on Thursday.

Mitesh Patel said he and his wife Nirali Patel had ‘thankfully’ made it out of the house with their one-month old daughter and dog

Nirali Patel told the outlet that the young family had started their lives together in Rahway just three years ago after buying the home the same year they got married.

‘In three years, all our stuff is gone,’ she said. ‘I left at midnight with my baby girl, and my parents thankfully were there to help me. My car fully flooded now, have to get it towed out.’

The Patels were forced to flee by 1 a.m. just hours before the home allegedly exploded around 5:45 a.m. Police said gas had flooded the home, which was smelled by neighbors, just before the explosion – which was so severe that it caused damage to neighboring properties.

A man driving past the home at the time it exploded suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Adam Schrader, Andrew Court, and Sandra Salathe

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