An apparent gas explosion likely created by a Central Hudson contractor caused a fire and building collapse along Brick Row in the village of Wappingers Falls that injured 10 people, including some critically, in the area early Thursday afternoon, according to Dutchess County officials.

Calls for the blast at a multi-family brick structure located at 4 Brick Row came in around 12:30 p.m.

Several injured people were treated at scene and transported to area hospitals, according to officials, who added at 4:45 p.m. Thursday that they were still investigating if people were trapped under the remains of the home. 

Emergency responders were at the scene, and five suffered injuries while attempting to save lives. 

Residents were asked to avoid the area near Mesier Park.

According to a Central Hudson spokesperson, a company contractor appears to have struck a ¾-inch gas service main while working to replace a gas main from the 1930s or 1940s, causing the fire and explosion. The exact cause is still under investigation.

"We cut electric and gas service to the immediate area and many have already been restored," the spokesperson said. "Central Hudson representatives are on site and working with responders to gain more information, which we will provide once it is available."

Gov. Kathy Hochul said she had deployed state emergency services personnel to assist in the response efforts.

"As the situation develops, I urge all New Yorkers to follow the direction of law enforcement and other first responders working to keep the community safe. I join all New Yorkers in praying for the Village of Wappingers Falls,” Hochul said.