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The Call Blog: With The Missing Accounted For, Investigation Intensifies

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If nothing else, I hope this tragedy leads to a greater awareness and more vigilance from my fellow New Yorkers. The smell of gas requires immediate action. Call authorities, call neighbors, vacate. Sadly, I've re-learned those lessons this week. I hope you have too.

The rescue effort in the East Harlem gas leak explosion is now over as officials say all of the missing residents are accounted for. The death toll from Wednesday's explosion and building collapse stands at eight. About 70 percent of the rubble has been removed to Randall's Island for forensic examination.

Fire marshals and investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board say once crews clear out the basement areas, they can examine heating units and Con Edison meters that might hold clues. The NTSB conducted ground tests today and discovered a significant concentration of natural gas.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers are donating goods and clothing for the displaced families affected by the tragedy. Residents in 91 apartments in four surrounding buildings still can't go home for safety reasons. Mayor de Blasio said City agencies are collaborating to provide temporary housing to all residents in the neighborhood.

How would you describe the response from emergency crews, the leadership from Mayor de Blasio, and the efforts by the community during this tragedy? On the third day of the investigation, are you hearing answers to your questions about what caused the blast? Will this explosion change the way you react to the smell of gas in the future?

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My name is Julie and I live on 115th street and 2nd ave. I don't understand how they are saying the air quality is ok when I can smell the smoke all the way at my house. I'm asthmatic and I cannot even open my windows because I am sensitive to the smell. My thoughts and prayers to all my fellow neighbor's that were affected by this tragedy.

Hi John

Whenever i smell gas i check my stove to see if any of the burners are on and thankfully they're not, if the NTSB detected a high concentration of natural gas that means someone busted a gas line whoever was a fault should be charged with something because 8 people died and many people lost everything, i'm skeptical of them building the Keystone pipeline I hope President Obama have second thoughts about that. The response time for everyone was great Mayor Diblasio and Speaker Mark-Vierito did a awesome job keeping everyone informed in english and spanish i hope everyone that needs housing gets it because it's to cold to be homeless. God bless everyone in Elbarrio

Upper West side

Hi John;

People woke up on Wednesday morning with no idea how horribly their lives would be changed. The loss of life is incredibly sad. I feel terrible for the families who have lost everything and are now homeless. It is every NYer's worst nightmare.

I do wonder how a tragic event would be handled in other neighborhoods that are not the Council Speaker's district.

midtown east

NYC is more concerned with making a dog run in a park that replacing old water mains. Con Edison is more concerned with Yankee night and giving away free items than replacing old gas lines. Where is managements priorities?

Park Hill

The Mayors Alliance is finding foster homes for displaced pets. A friend of mine is fostering a little parakeet who survived the horror. New Yorkers are great.
East Village

All the pipes that surround the elevated metro north tracks must be checked. Years of corrosion and the train vibrations.

Lopez from east harlem

Just a comment. I use to live not far from there 14 years ago. All I want to say is that my prayers goes out to those who are misplaced and those who are lost.

Mike From Morningside

Hi John,

I am pleased that everyone missing has been accounted for but I’m very sorry for the poor soles that didn’t make it out of the buildings. The progress is great that they have made in the cleanup and many of the stories are being told and I have them more than once. They the ones in charge of all the investigations seem to have problems with the time of the calls made to the different agencies or emergency numbers. The people in the street said that this odor has been there for some time. Also another story is that there was a strong odor during Christmas time and it was so bad that someone had to break the roof door just to get the awful odor of the gas out of the apartments.

This has been going on for some time and I won’t mention again about the ones responsible for not showing more concern and seem to just come to the forefront when disasters occur. I was thinking whether a meth lab could also attribute to this disaster. Just speculating like so many others to try to search for answers. So many families on either side of these two buildings that have collapsed are left homeless also. Maybe not permanently but I would guess for some time. We were told years back that this gas was to be more or less odorless and not smell like the gas we had before that time and it was sickening. When we would smell that you had to run out especially if after we would check the jets to make sure that they were not left on. In fact the stove jet handles were very dangerous because we had no pilot lights but we had to turn them on in order to light the stove top or oven. The other danger was when the lady of the kitchen would catch their housedress pocket on the knobs and they would open up the jet. That’s why the last thing before leaving our apartments we would go back and check the gas jets.

Thank you John,
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