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Twelve people hospitalized after house explodes, collapses on Syracuse's north side

First responders on the scene of a house explosion and collapse June 18, 2024.
Holliday Moore
First responders on the scene of a house explosion and collapse on Carbon St. June 18, 2024.

Updated June 20, 2024 at 3:50 p.m.

Four adults and eight children remain hospitalized after Tuesday afternoon's house explosion on Syracuse’s north side. In an emailed update Wednesday afternoon, Syracuse Fire Department (SFD) officials said three are in critically stable condition while the rest are stable.

Two families were in the house near Oberst and Carbon streets when it exploded and collapsed; the children range from eight months to 13 years old.

An infant, a two-year-old and a three-year-old were seriously injured.

A neighbor, Paul Killian, said he was sitting in his living room next door when the explosion sent him outside to investigate.

“I seen a woman on the ground and a two-by-four laying across her. I took that off and we moved her out of the way and then went to the car and there was a little boy sitting sideways," Killian said. "He was either getting in or out of the car [when] the house collapsed on it, on the door, so he was trapped.”

Syracuse District Fire Chief Matt Craner says it appears a family of seven lived at the home while another family of six was visiting.

Fire department investigators are working to determine the cause of the explosion, along with Syracuse police, National Grid, and the New York State Pipeline Safety Program.

SFD provided the information below about the victims, at 1:51 pm, Wednesday, June 19.

Residents at the Carbon Street home:

  • Father: Fuje Alam Bin Abdul Rahman (42) - Stable 
  • Mother: Rajumah Begum Binti Dil Mohammad (33) - Stable
  • Mohammad Omar Bin Fuje Alam (13) - Stable
  • Farmina Begum Binti Fuje Alam (12) - Stable
  • Ennaiitu Rahman Bin Fuje Alam (10) - Stable
  • Enamul Hassan Bin Fuje Alam (8) - Stable 
  • Nujumul Hassan Bin Fuje Alam (3) - Critically stable

Visiting Family:

  • Father: Mohamad Alam Sayed Alam (34) – Stable
  • Mother: Yasmida Nur Muhammad (29) - Stable
  • Ajidah Mohamad Alam (5) - Stable
  • Sumaya Mohamad Alam (4) – Not admitted 
  • Suhana Mohamad Alam (2) - Critically stable
  • Rishma Mohamad Alam (8) - Critically stable
A Syracuse Fire truck sits in front of the collapsed house on Carbon St. June 18, 2024.
Holliday Moore
A Syracuse Fire truck sits in front of the collapsed house on Carbon St. June 18, 2024.

Moore arrives in Syracuse after working in the Phoenix, Arizona, market, where her extensive experience includes tenures as a Morning Edition reporter for KJZZ-FM, the local NPR affiliate; producing, anchoring and reporting for KTAR News Radio; and serving as a political and senior reporter for KNXV-TV.
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