7 Dead and 60 Injured in NY Building Explosion
About the Harlem Building Explosion
The explosion occurred at 9:30 a.m. ET on March 12, shortly after tenants reported smelling gas. A five-alarm fire was triggered by the blast and ultimately caused the building to collapse.
Three of the deceased have been identified while the additional four, who were pulled out of the debris over night, have yet to be identified – among the deceased are Griselde Camacho, 45, Carmen Tanco, 67, and Rosaura Hernandez, 21.
Rescue crews have had to deal with freezing temperatures as well as a sinkhole that blocked access to the rubble.
At least three children were injured in the blast, including a 15-year-old boy listed in critical condition with burns, broken bones and internal injuries. The majority of the remaining injuries are considered minor.
The explosion affected seven buildings and more than 130 people.
Some tenants reportedly complained to the landlord about smelling gas a few weeks ago. The New York Fire Department says they have no reports of leaks in that area in the past month.
Statistics on Gas-related Incidents
- According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), there were 12 fatalities nationwide in 2012 caused by pipeline incidents.
- The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, lists 53 significant incidents as a result of gas distribution in New York state since 2004.
- Of those incidents, there were 6 fatalities and 42 injuries.
- There was also $25,156,812 in total property damage as a result of those incidents.