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Crews focus on gas lines in New York building explosion

Published on Mar 16, 2014 11:28 PM
 
An excavator clears debris at the site of a building explosion in the Harlem section of New York, March 13, 2014. Emergency crews clearing debris from the site of two New York City apartment buildings leveled in a gas explosion said they expected to reach an underground area on Sunday where natural gas lines could reveal what caused the deadly blast. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Emergency crews clearing debris from the site of two New York City apartment buildings leveled in a gas explosion said they expected to reach an underground area on Sunday where natural gas lines could reveal what caused the deadly blast.

Eight people were killed when the five-story buildings exploded in the East Harlem neighborhood early Wednesday, just moments after a resident called 911 to complain of the smell of gas.

Firefighters and other emergency workers have been working around the clock to clear debris from the site, the New York City Fire Department said Sunday.

"We are still operating as a search-and-recovery and we are still clearing debris," spokesman Khalid Baylor said. No more people are believed to be trapped in the wreckage of the building.

 
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