Drea De Matteo is mourning her lost apartment, but it could have been much worse for the Shades Of Blue actress.
De Matteo was among many New York City residents left homeless after an explosion in the East Village caused apartment buildings to collapse. The explosion was reportedly caused by a gas leak, sending flames and thick clouds of smoke into the air that could be seen across Manhattan.
“It was very quick; it was very instantaneous – kaboom,” a witness told CBS2 of Thursday’s explosion.
Though Drea De Matteo lost her apartment, others were much more affected. The FDNY reported that 19 people were injured, including five fire department members. Two of those were listed as having critical with burns to their airways.
At least two people were missing, including Nicholas Figueroa, who was at a sushi restaurant when the building exploded, CNN reported. There appeared to be little hope in finding them.
“We started calling everywhere,” said his brother, Neal Figueroa. “We went to every hospital… He wasn’t there.”
The fire ended up drawing 250 firefighters and seven alarms in total.
The explosion also drew words of sympathy from both New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who vowed to determine the reason for the blast.
“My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been impacted by the explosion in Lower Manhattan today. The Department of Public Service is on-site monitoring Con Edison’s response to this incident and will conduct a full investigation to determine the cause of today’s explosion,” the governor said in a statement. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I thank the hundreds of first responders who put the safety of others before their own. We will continue to monitor this tragedy and do whatever is needed to support the ongoing response and recovery in the days ahead.”
While the fire department put out the blaze and victims were treated, Drea De Matteo noted the loss of her apartment and sent prayers to those hurt.
De Matteo also posted a photo and a caption that “N.Y.C.’s finest [tried] to put out the flames to mine and many others’ apartments,” adding that she was “speechless.”
She also posted a picture of the building after the flames were largely extinguished, writing, “A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood… RIP 123 2nd Avenue”
Drea De Matteo did not say where she is staying now with her apartment destroyed.
[Image via Instagram/Dre De Matteo]