8th Victim Identified in NYC Explosion, First Lawsuit Filed by Injured Victim

View Comments ()
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    The eighth victim killed in the explosion and collapse of two buildings in Manhattan last week has been identified as a 34-year-old woman, as a lawyer for an injured victim said he had filed the first civil action in the disaster. Michael George reports. (Published Monday, Mar 17, 2014)

    The eighth victim killed in the explosion and collapse of two buildings in Manhattan last week has been identified as a 34-year-old woman, as a lawyer for an injured victim said he had filed the first civil action in the disaster.

    Mayumi Nakamura was identified as the eighth victim; police said she lived in the northernmost building of the two that were destroyed at 116th Street and Park Avenue. Authorities theorize a gas leak was the cause of the explosion.

    Final Walls of Exploded Building Come Down

    [NY] RAW: Final Walls of Exploded Building Come Down
    Watch as the final walls left standing after a gas explosion in Manhattan on Wednesday come down with a dramatic crash during demolition on Friday. (Published Friday, Mar 14, 2014)

    Meanwhile a lawyer for a woman who says she was among the more than 70 people injured in the explosion filed a suit Monday alleging that Con Edison and the owner of the building were negligent and had previous knowledge of a "defective condition" on the property.

    The complaint filed by attorney Michael Lamonsoff in state Supreme Court does not specify what previous knowledge the building owner and Con Edison are believed to have had. The utility, the NYPD and the FDNY have all said there was a call about a gas leak just minutes before the explosion, and before that, the last such call was in May.

    There was no immediate comment from Con Edison.

    The medical examiner said Monday that the eight people killed died of smoke inhalation or trauma to their bodies.

    Raw Video: Chopper Over Explosion Scene

    [NY] Dramatic Raw Video: Chopper 4 Over Manhattan Explosion Scene
    See raw video of the aftermath of a building explosion and collapse in East Harlem captured by Chopper 4. MORE: PHOTOS: Dramatic Images From the Collapse (Published Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014)

    The other victims have been identified as Griselde Camacho, 44, Carmen Tanco, 67, Rosaura Hernandez, 22, Andreas Panagopoulos, 43, Rosaura Barrios Vazquez, 43, Alexis Salas, 22, and George Amadeo, 44.

    Services for the victims began over the weekend with a joint gathering for Camacho and Tanco, who attended the same church. 

    Blast Shakes Harlem

    [NY] Blast Shakes Harlem
    In a terrifying instant Wednesday morning, the spirited but routine bustle of El Barrio gave way to chaos and confusion when a blast leveled two buildings. David Ushery has more of the sights and sounds of the blast. (Published Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014)

    On Monday, a visitation was held for Amadeo, remembered as a "great guy, kind to everyone, funny," according to his cousin Roberto Amadeo.

    "It's a lot to take in right now," said Roberto Amadeo. "It was so sudden for everyone." 

    Electricity has been restored to five buildings that had outages after the explosion, but gas for cooking and heating remains turned off. One nearby building is also still without water.

    The FDNY finished removing rubble over the weekend, and investigators are working to search for clues about the blast.

    Truckloads of scattered material will be sifted for any traces of human remains that might not have been found at the site, the FDNY said. 

    --Andrew Siff contributed to this story

    Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anywhere, anytimeiPhone/iPad App | Twitter | Facebook | Email Newsletters Send Us News Tips | Google+ | Instagram | RSS