Explosion Eviscerates Home Killing Retired Newark Police Officer

South River, New Jersey – After a devastating explosion destroyed a home in a quiet New Jersey neighborhood, authorities have confirmed that the victim was a retired Newark police officer with almost three decades of service. Kevin Gilbert, 62, tragically lost his life in the blast that occurred at a Continental Court residence in South River.

Gilbert had dedicated 26 years of his life to the Newark Police Department, working in various units such as the robbery team, the Safe City Task Force, and the 4th Precinct Detective Bureau. A statement from the Newark Department of Public Safety expressed condolences and prayers for Gilbert’s loved ones during this difficult time.

While the deceased victim has been identified, there has been no update on the condition of another individual who was critically injured in the explosion. The investigation into the cause of the tragic event is currently ongoing.

Photos of the aftermath depict the utter destruction of the home, with debris scattered throughout the neighborhood. The massive explosion reduced the residence to rubble, leaving only a small portion of the roof intact. Authorities are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact South River Police or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

As the community mourns the loss of Kevin Gilbert, questions linger about what led to the explosion that claimed his life. Authorities are working diligently to uncover the circumstances surrounding the tragic event and provide answers to the grieving community.

The loss of a dedicated former police officer has left a void in both the law enforcement community and the neighborhood where the explosion occurred. Residents are coming together to support one another during this challenging time and honor the memory of Kevin Gilbert. The investigation continues as authorities strive to bring closure and understanding to this heartbreaking incident in South River, New Jersey.