Gas explosion destroys 2 NY buildings, kills dental hygienist, security officer, 1 more

NEW YORK, N.Y. – One of three people confirmed killed in a gas explosion that flattened two New York City buildings has been identified as a dental hygienist and cousin of a television news cameraman.

A police spokeswoman identifies the victim as 67-year-old Carmen Tanco.

Tanco’s cousin News 12 cameraman Angel Vargas says when she didn’t show up for work Wednesday his family started a frantic search.

Another victim who died was Hunter College security officer Griselde Camacho. The identity of the third hasn’t been disclosed.

A gas leak is being blamed for the explosion, which injured more than 60 people. Nine people are unaccounted for.

The East Harlem explosion shattered windows a block away, cast a plume of smoke over the skyline and sent people running into the streets.