Police: 2nd suspect in custody in explosion that killed FDNY chief

A Manhattan man, 32-year-old Garivaldi Castillo, was taken into custody in New York City.

A Manhattan man, 32-year-old Garivaldi Castillo, was taken into custody in New York City. (9/28/16)

THE BRONX - Neighbors of the Kingsbridge home that exploded Tuesday are still dealing with the aftermath as federal and local authorities continue to investigate the cause.

The blast killed an FDNY battalion chief and injured 20 other people.

Chief Michael Fahy, a father of three, died after flying debris struck him in the head. The 17-year veteran was responding to a report of a gas leak at 300 West 234th St. near the corner of Tibbett Avenue in Kingsbridge around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say they have two men in custody. The first, Julio Salcedo-Contrer, was arrested in his hometown of Cliffside Park, New Jersey. He is awaiting extradition back to New York. Officials say he rented the apartment and is suspected of using it is a marijuana grow house.

A Manhattan man, 32-year-old Garivaldi Castillo, was taken into custody in New York City. He is facing charges of criminal possession of marijuana and police say additional charges may be pending, based on what other evidence they find.

The Bronx District Attorney's Office says Castillo will likely be arraigned Thursday.

Federal officials from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are aiding state officials with the investigation. Hazmat teams and Con Edison workers were also at the scene. All nine remaining homes on the block have been left without gas and hot water. Utilities may not be restored until Saturday, according to workers.

Officials say it is unclear whether a marijuana grow operation played a direct role in the explosion of the home, but they are not ruling it out.

A remembrance ceremony was held for Fahy at his former firehouse Wednesday. His wake is scheduled in Yonkers for Thursday and Friday, with a Saturday morning funeral to follow.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

New legislation passed by the City Council will 1 Word on the Street: Bedbugs
VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx 2 VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx
A study says 88 percent of walking trips 3 Word on the Street: Walking with GPS
VIDEO: Bronx restaurant owner attacked, robbed in apartment 4 VIDEO: Bronx restaurant owner attacked, robbed in apartment building
A man was stabbed in Pelham Gardens in 5 Police: Man stabbed near Pelham Parkway

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Firefighters are mourning the death of an FDNY FDNY mourns loss of battalion chief

Firefighters are mourning the death of an FDNY battalion chief who died responding to a

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE