WATCH ABOVE: Witnesses reported hearing a large explosion and the blast set off a major fire. There are concerns the entire structure could come down. Aarti Pole has the details.
NEW YORK – Among those who lost their homes in the powerful blast and fire in Manhattan’s East Village was former Sopranos actress Drea de Matteo.
The actress took to Instagram Thursday to share two dramatic photos of firefighters battling smoke and flames. “A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood,” she wrote in one caption. “RIP 123 2nd Avenue.” The photos appeared to be taken from a rooftop across the street.
The explosion at 123 Second Avenue caused the collapse of three five-story buildings and damage to a fourth, which was seven stories tall. The Red Cross says the buildings had about 50 apartments.
The 43-year-old de Matteo, who has two children, played a mob girlfriend-turned-FBI informant on The Sopranos. She also appeared on Joey, Desperate Housewives and Sons of Anarchy.