Eighth victim in East Harlem explosion identified

Firefighters from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) respond to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave in Harlem.  Credit: Getty Images
Firefighters respond to a five-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Ave. in Harlem last week. Credit: Getty Images

Police have identified the last victim to be killed in last week’s gas explosion in East Harlem.

Mayumi Nakamura, 34, lived in Apartment 4 at 1646 Park Ave., a police spokesman said.

The seven others killed in the March 12 blast were Griselde Camacho, 44; Carmen Tanco, 67; Rosaura Hernandez Barrios, 22; Rosaura Barrios Vazquez, 43; Andreas Panagopoulos, 43; George Amadeo, 44; and Alexis Salas, 22.

At least 60 people were also injured after the explosion leveled two Park Avenue buildings.

A 46-year-old Harlem woman who lives in a building more than a block away from the explosion site has filed a lawsuit against Con Edison and one of the property owners for her injuries, The New York Post reported.

Michelle Nelson is the first person to sue over the explosion. According to the civil suit she filed on Monday, she suffered “severe and permanent injuries” after the blast caused her to fall in her apartment.



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