East Harlem funerals continue; Rubble moved to Randall's Island

Matt Kozar has the latest on the funerals and investigations into the East Harlem explosion
March 21, 2014 6:45:18 AM PDT
Another victim will be laid to rest Friday in the deadly explosion in East Harlem that leveled two buildings and killed eight people.

Friends and family will gather to bid a final farwell to 44-year-old Griselde Camacho. Funeral services will be held at the Bethel Gospel Assembly on 120th Street.

The Hunter College security officer was remembered at a service on First Avenue Thursday.

Wake services were also held Thursday for 22-year-old Alexis "Jordy" Salas. Mourners packed the Ortiz Funeral Home to honor the college student and restaurant worker who will be buried in Mexico next week.

Investigators continue searching through the rubble, which has been moved to Randall's Island.

Searchers hope to find clues to what caused the explosion. The debris includes everything from building materials to clothing and books.

Meanwhile, Con Edison has made compensation payments to 87 survivors and residents displaced by the blast. The utility says it began making the payments last Thursday, a day after the explosion.

This week, federal investigators found a leak in the gas main near one of the two buildings that were leveled.

Con Ed spokesman Robert McGee says most of the people in the affected buildings have already contacted the utility. He declined to provide the average amount paid for each person who was injured or lost his or her home. The payments were made after "one-on-one" meetings with the victims.