NYPD officers' dramatic rescue of an elderly woman trapped underneath her couch in the aftermath of a Bronx home explosion Tuesday morning was captured on video.
Bronx woman Yolanda Jiminez, 83, was saved by officers after neighbors reported hearing screams from the home. The rescue was recorded by an officer's bodycam as officers made their way inside the wrecked, cluttered home.
The Tuesday morning disaster blasted Martha Dagbasta, 77, who was killed, and her sister, 82, from their home following an apparent gas explosion in the building in the Longwood section of the Bronx. The cause has not been officially determined. Both the 82-year-old and Jiminez are hospitalized.
The explosion left seven others injured, including a 68-year-old woman and five other NYPD officers who were called to the scene at Fox Street and Intervale Avenue around 11am.
Video footage captured the moment NYPD officers rushed into a Bronx home adjacent to the scene of a blaze to rescue an 83-year-old woman
Officers rushed to the home of Yolanda Jiminez, 83, after neighbors heard screaming coming from inside
Jiminez was found underneath a couch amid a pile of debris as officers picked her up and pulled her to safety
The beginning of the footage shows people running down the street following the explosion of the three-story building. 'Somebody's in there!' someone screams as one officer goes toward the home next door to the origin of the blaze.
Police then enter that home, which is cluttered with broken pieces from the ceiling and furniture.
'She's under the couch! She's under the couch!' a man inside the home tells the officers.
A woman is heard moaning in pain underneath the debris as officers head towards the collapsed couch.
Three of the officers then overturn the couch revealing a woman pinned against the back corner of the room.
'One, two, let’s go. Get her over the couch!,' one of the officers command as they lift her up and pull her to safety.
The scene of the Bronx fire began around 11am due to an apparent gas explosion at a three-story building in the Longwood section of the borough
NYPD officers had rushed to the scene as neighbors and witnesses were seen running down the street
Officers went into Jiminez's home after hearing reports from neighbors that someone was trapped inside
The bodycam footage of the rescue was later released by the NYPD who were commended by the community for their efforts.
'We saved lives today. Our actions saved lives,' NYC Mayor Eric Adams said at a press conference.
'When you see the (cops') body-cam video, you’re going to see the quick response of the officers going into the building next door from the