Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Investigators Probe Building Explosion As Suicide Attempt

The explosion that leveled a townhouse on East 62nd Street, rocked and shocked the Upper East Side Monday is now being investigated as an apparent suicide attempt by building owner by Doctor Nicholas Bartha.

Investigators searching through the rubble found a hose connected to tampered gas lines. From,

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the home's gas meter was inspected a month before the blast and it appears to have been tampered with since then.

Investigators searching the rubble say that when they came across the meter, they discovered a black hose that stretched from a gas valve at the rear of the building. Left open, it allowed gas to flow freely into the house right before the explosion.

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