First Lawsuit Filed in Fatal Harlem Explosion



Michelle Nelson, a 46-year-old Harlem woman, has filed a lawsuit against Con Edison and the landlord of the property owners, in connection with the explosion last week that made 2 apartment buildings collapse to the ground. According to The New York Post, Nelson is the first person to sue over the tragic explosion. Nelson claimed the explosion caused her to fall in her apartment, which is located more than a block away from the site of the incident. As a result, she suffers from severe and permanent bodily injuries. Nelson accused Con Edison and the landlord, Kaoru Demler Muramatsu, of neglecting their duty to keep the premises in a safe, proper and secure manner. Con Edison spokesman, Bob McGee stated “We’re working with the City, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross to assist the affected families with their expenses in the wake of the tragedy. We haven’t received the complaint but we’ll review it when it arrives”. The amount Nelson is seeking in the lawsuit is unknown at this time and Muramatsu has not made a comment regarding this matter.

On Monday, Jose Vargas, a 20-year-old high school student filed paperwork to “possibly” sue the city for 10 million. Vargas claimed he was sitting in a seat on the MTA bus and the impact from the explosion threw him to the floor.  He stated “The force of the explosion was so powerful that windows on the bus shattered”. Vargas was rushed to Mt. Sinai hospital, where he was treated for torn ligaments and busted blood vessels. His attorney, Robert Vilensky, believes that the city should be held responsible for Vargas’ pain and suffering. Vilensky stated “the city is responsible for protecting people and officials should have inspected the over 125-year-old gas lines”.

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