Mount Vernon hospital doctor may have set off NYC building blast

Police say a suicidal Mount Vernon hospital doctor may have accidentally set off a huge blast that caused a Manhattan brownstone to crumble, injuring 15 people. The doctor, 66-year-old Nicholas Bartha,

News 12 Staff

May 29, 2014, 7:01 PM

Updated 3,709 days ago

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Police say a suicidal Mount Vernon hospital doctor may have accidentally set off a huge blast that caused a Manhattan brownstone to crumble, injuring 15 people.
The doctor, 66-year-old Nicholas Bartha, owned the Upper East Side building and may have inadvertently set off a natural gas explosion in a botched suicide attempt. Police say Bartha was the most seriously injured of 15 victims.
Bartha, who is going through a difficult divorce, may have been forced to sell the brownstone.


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