8th Person Confirmed Dead in NYC Building Gas Explosion

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) - New York officials say an eighth victim has been pulled from the rubble of a gas explosion that destroyed two buildings in East Harlem.

No name or identifying details were given for the body taken from the rubble Thursday. Of the seven other victims recovered, three women and one man have been identified A handful of people are still unaccounted for and it's still being treated as a rescue mission.

Workers estimate they are about halfway through clearing the rubble.

Investigators are trying to pinpoint the source of the gas leak. They're determining whether it had anything to do with New York's aging gas and water mains, some from the 1800s.

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NEW YORK (AP) - A seventh person has been confirmed killed by an explosion that flattened two New York City apartment buildings.

Fire Department spokesman Danny Glover said Thursday that a seventh body had been found in the rubble. Police say the victim, recovered around 7:15 a.m., was an adult male.

Three bodies were found Wednesday and three more overnight.

A gas leak triggered the explosion Wednesday morning on Park Avenue and 116th Street in East Harlem. The blast also injured more than 60 people, including at least three children.

The explosion shattered windows a block away, cast a plume of smoke over the skyline and sent people running into the streets.

Authorities say the fiery blast erupted about 15 minutes after a neighboring resident reported smelling gas.


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