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Drea de Matteo loses apartment in East Village explosion

"Sopranos" actress called the unit at 123 Second Ave. home for 22 years
March 27, 2015 12:50PM

UPDATED, 12:34 a.m., March 28: “Sopranos” star Drea de Matteo’s apartment was a casualty of Thursday’s explosion in the East Village, which led to the collapse of two buildings. 

“A hole where my N.Y.C. home of 22 years once stood,” De Matteo said on Instagram. “RIP 123 2nd Avenue.”

A five-story building at Second Avenue and Seventh Street collapsed on Thursday afternoon after what was likely an explosion. Preliminary evidence suggested a gas explosion amid plumbing and gas work inside one of the buildings was to blame.

After the blast at 121 Second Avenue, fire soon spread to the adjacent 123 Second Avenue. At least 19 people were injured during the explosion, four were in critical condition and two people were still unaccounted for as of Friday morning.

De Matteo also posted a photo on Instagram on Thursday, thanking the hundreds of fire fighters for putting out the blaze.

“N.Y.C.’s finest [tried] to put out the flames to mine and many others’ apartments,” she wrote. [NJ.com] — Claire Moses

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the status of 123 Second Avenue. It is a rental building.