Mayor David Dinkins on Saturday ordered city workers to have on his desk in two days a review of the subway fire that has now killed two people and injured 150 others.
He ordered the review amid charges that rescue operations were hampered by mistakes and confusion. There also were questions about whether huge ventilation fans in the subway tunnel under Brooklyn Heights that were out of order could have drawn smoke from the tunnel.
The second victim, a Massapequa Park woman, 37, died Saturday at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, said nursing supervisor Adriene Kushner. She had been revived at the hospital Friday after appearing dead at the scene.
The review will include recommendations on how to prevent such incidents from happening again, Dinkins said in a statement, and "on the steps that should be taken by the city's emergency response agencies" to ensure their rescue efforts "are performed in a timely and coordinated fashion."
Fire and transit authorities blamed melting slush for the electrical fire Friday morning that filled the subway tunnel with billowing brown smoke and stopped a Manhattan-bound train just east of the Clark Street station.