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‘I don’t know if he’s going to pull through,’ says wife of man burned in Queens explosion

NYPD and FDNY officials examine the front of

NYPD and FDNY officials examine the front of a home on 222nd Street in Queens after a package exploded and burned a 73-year-old man on Friday, July 28, 2017. Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

The wife of a 73-year-old landlord who was critically burned Friday when an explosive in a canister blew up on his Queens property is unsure he’ll survive.

George Wray, who owns the property at 222nd Street near 145th Road, suffered burns over 80 percent of his body after he opened the package outside the home.

“My husband’s very sick,” his wife, Linda Wray, said in a brief telephone interview Saturday. She added: “I don’t know if he’s going to pull through. That’s up to God and the doctors.”

Property records list George Wray as the owner of the home, which he rents to two families, and his wife confirmed her husband was the one who had been injured.

NYPD detectives were still trying to figure out who left the package and why, according to Lt. Thomas Antonetti, a police spokesman.

“The motive is still unknown,” he said. “Can’t say it was random or targeted.”

Published reports say that a witness’ cellphone video depicts the victim doubled over, writhing in pain, his clothes scattered on the lawn.

Linda Wray said she doesn’t know anyone who would want to do harm to her husband.

Antonetti said no suspect had been identified.

The victim remained hospitalized at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

The package, which had detonated about 4:15 p.m., was about the dimension and size of a Quaker Oats can. It had black explosive powder but no shrapnel.

According to NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce at a news conference Friday, the package had been sitting outside for about a week at a home in the Brookville neighborhood, which is just west of Valley Stream and the Five Towns. It was unclear how the police knew how long the package was outside.

Boyce declined to say what may have been written on the package.

“The detectives are doing all they can to bring us closure,” his wife said.

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