In March 2015, the explosion in the city's East Village sparked a fire that killed two people and levelled three buildings, one of which housed de Matteo's home.

The 44-year-old actress, most famous for her roles in The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy, has now joined with 35 of her neighbours to file a $17 million (£11.5 million) lawsuit against the city and energy company Consolidated Edison, as well as contractor Neighbourhood Construction Corp. and the owners of restaurant Sushi Park.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday (14Jun16), alleges that the parties failed to "to observe significant and dangerous 'red flags'... failing to take any steps to protect the public and their property."

They are also accused of failing to "properly test the gas lines" and relying on "an illogical and antiquated system of enforcement, inspections and unreliable self-certification".

Back in February (16), five people, including the owners of the building at the centre of the explosion, were charged with setting up the gas delivery system that led to the blast.

While this new lawsuit is one of many filed since the explosion, de Matteo is determined that those responsible should be adequately brought to justice for what they have done.

"For 22 years that was my home, my children’s home," she told the New York Daily News newspaper. "We lost every memory, photograph, hard drive. We lost everything from my childhood through my adulthood. And my kids still don’t understand they can never go back there."

The actress and her fellow tenants are being represented by attorneys Scott Agulnick and Mark Friedman, who added in a statement: "Our clients have waited patiently for this investigation to near completion. They have lost their homes, belongings, and have been financially devastated. We look forward to their day in Court, and holding all those responsible accountable for their actions and inactions."

A spokesperson for the city's Law Department told the newspaper that "the complaint will be reviewed".