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East Harlem residents struggle with absence of those killed in building collapse

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EAST HARLEM (PIX11) – The explosion in East Harlem has shattered lives and battered a community.

It’s been six days since two Park Avenue buildings at E 116th street exploded. Eight people died. Dozens were injured. Investigators continue their work to isolate an exact cause of the explosion.

The NYPD identified the 8th victim Monday. According to the NYPD, Mayumi Nakamura, 34, lived in 1646 Park Avenue.

And it’s going to take some time for this community to recover. The lack of customers may be hurting businesses, but the owners and workers have said the loss of life hurts much more.

East Harlem residents affected

“All the local stores and community people have been affected by this tragedy. It was never expected. It shouldn’t have really happened,” longtime East Harlem resident Alfred Ragucci said.

“One of the guys that passed away with his dog used to come and up and down these stairs every day. And now it’s something we are going to have to get used to. We are not going to seem him anymore,” Eric Veras said. His shop is half a block away.

While some people have been able to return home, many others are still displaced. Barricades are everywhere. So are police and fire fighters. But even when the emergency workers leave and traffic returns, according to Veras, it won’t be normal.  “The area is not going to be the same. There are people missing.”

The Medical Examiner released Monday how 7 of the victims died. The cause of death was either blunt force trauma, burns or smoke inhalation.

“All the local stores and community people have been affected by this tragedy. It was never expected. It shouldn’t have really happened,” longtime East Harlem resident Alfred Ragucci said.

2 comments

  • Guest

    Sheeple need to wake up fast to realize the threat they are under. With total disregard you in Harlem were not protecting your neighborhood and let Rockefeller skanks set up, blow you up. Deblasios communist transistion. Clinton's killed JFK. Maggot, kkk. Muslim brotherhood, Roosevelt headhunting rituals, same as 911 WTC. Sue the government do not let them get away with murder of innocent humans, and taking out churches.

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    Deblasio roasted by journalists city hall, should be roasted like turkey for thanksgiving, along with those that used nuclear blast at Harlem church. Sue the government when victimized, they should not get away with this act or 911 WTC. Dust, and 9 metro tech, one police plaza under investigation.

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