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$20M Harass Suit Woman Dies in Fire



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    Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a Queens apartment fire that killed a former construction safety inspector who was in the midst of a $20 million sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employer.

    The fire at the Pomonok Houses Saturday killed 44-year-old Bianca Kuros and critically injured three others.

    Kuros made headlines over the summer when she filed a $20 million sexual harassment lawsuit after allegedly being victimized while working at the JPMorgan Chase Park Avenue construction site.

    She said an elevator operator propositioned and groped her there, and she was replaced by a man and later fired after she complained.

    The lawsuit was filed under her maiden name, Bianca Wisniewski.

    Kuros boyfriend, Bogdon Balamut, said he was suspicious of the fire, and its timing. He told theDaily News that Kuros had been getting strange phone calls lately.

    "I just hope they investigate carefully," Balamut told the Daily News. "Why did this happen now?"