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Action News Channel 6: EWING TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (WABC) -- A major fire and explosion killed one woman and injured at least seven other people at a condo complex in Ewing Township, New Jersey.
The fire was reported at a home on Crockett Lane in Ewing Township.
Ewing police say five PSE&G workers and two workers with the contractor Henkels & McCoy were injured. The seven victims were taken to two local hospitals. The seven workers do not have life threatening injuries. The resident who was killed was only identified as a woman who was discovered on the hood of a car parked at #28.
Five of the victims were taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.
The other two were taken to Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell.
They sustained head and respiratory injuries and various fractures.
The force from the blast buckled windows in an apartment complex nearby, said resident Marsha Brown, and pictures fell from her walls.
"It felt like a bomb," she said.
She ran to the town house complex, saw a home engulfed in flames and two utility workers on the lawn with injuries that apparently included broken bones. She said she saw another utility worker on a sidewalk crying, being held by a woman.
PSE&G responded to a report of a gas line broken by a contractor shortly before noon.
The workers were repairing the gas line at the time of the explosion.
"My body was shaking. I like to say I am calm, but I was shaking," said Brown, who had a day off from her job as an infant hearing screener at a hospital. "You could feel the flames, everything."
The condo complex is evacuated, local roads are closed.
A resident of the complex, Bryan Gentry, drove home minutes after he heard an explosion and as he got closer, saw a black smoke cloud. The fire was intensely hot, he said, and he saw one person walking away from the fire who appeared to be stunned.
"It was just unreal," he said, adding that emergency crews responded "really fast."