Officials: Port Washington house explosion appears to be intentionally set

Photos from Chopper 12 over aftermath of house

Photos from Chopper 12 over aftermath of house explosion and fire in Port Washington. (Credit: Chopper 12)

PORT WASHINGTON - Port Washington fire officials say that the fatal fire that sparked a house explosion Tuesday night appears to have been set intentionally.

Police say a female resident at 10 Prospect Ave. made a 911 call to report a domestic dispute at around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Police officers smelled an odor of gas at the scene prior to a large explosion.

It took more than 20 departments to get the blaze under control. Port Washington fire officials tell News 12 that it appears it was a flammable liquid explosion.

Detectives say they were able to evacuate a woman and her 2-year-old daughter from the home. A body was later discovered inside the garage.

Neighbors identified the woman as Angela Nisi-MacNeill, who lived at the home with her husband, Mike MacNeill. Last December, a post on Mike MacNeill's Facebook page reads: "If you're gonna go out with a bang, might as well do it right with 25 gallons of gas and 40 pounds of propane."

Port Washington police say they have received numerous calls over the last year from the home, but would not say what the nature of those calls was.

Detectives say five firefighters were hurt, but it is not clear how seriously.

Police tell News 12 they will not have any information from the medical examiner on the body found for four to five days.

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