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FDNY chief confronted Bronx drug house suspect before fatal blast

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 12:12 AM

The firefighter who was killed when a Bronx building housing a marijuana factory exploded came face to face with one of the pot-growing perps before a blast leveled the house, prosecutors said.

Suspect Julio Salcedo, 34, tried to make a run for it when firefighters showed up to his Kingsbridge home Tuesday morning on a smell-of-gas call.

But Battalion Chief Michael Fahy stopped Salcedo from starting his car parked in the driveway because the firefighter feared the vehicle’s ignition could trigger an explosion.

The house blew up anyway, but not before Salcedo quietly scampered away on foot.

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FDNY Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy made contact with suspect Julio Salcedo before he was killed in the explosion.

FDNY Battalion Chief Michael J. Fahy made contact with suspect Julio Salcedo before he was killed in the explosion.

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Fahy, a 44-year-old husband and father of three, was fatally struck by debris from the blast.

Salcedo appeared in court Friday night on charges related to the W. 234th St. pot-growing operation.

The charges could be upgraded to felony assault or murder, said assistant Bronx DA Christine Scaccia.

Julio Salcedo, 34, was stopped from starting his car by Fahy because the firefighter thought the ignition would cause and explosion, although the house exploded anway.

Julio Salcedo, 34, was stopped from starting his car by Fahy because the firefighter thought the ignition would cause and explosion, although the house exploded anway.

(News 12 Brooklyn)

Salcedo was remanded without bail after a not guilty plea.

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“Right now there’s no connection between my client and the death of a firefighter,” said Dawn Florio, Salcedo’s lawyer.

“That’s something they’re going to have to prove.”

Firefighters came out to the soomed house on a smell-of-gas smell.

Firefighters came out to the soomed house on a smell-of-gas smell.

(Michael Schwartz/for New York Daily News)

The courtroom where Salcedo was arraigned was packed with nearly 50 firefighters, most of whom shot angry stares at the suspect.

Earlier many of the same firefighters leered at Salcedo as he was walked into a Bronx precinct.

“Burn in hell,” several of the firefighters told him.

Firefighters gave angry stares to Salcedo during his court appearance.

Firefighters gave angry stares to Salcedo during his court appearance.

(Michael Schwartz/for New York Daily News)

Funeral services for Fahy are scheduled for Saturday morning at the Annunciation Church on Westchester Avenue in Yonkers.

Fahy, a battalion chief, was posthumously promoted to deputy chief.

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