Death toll in NYC explosion climbs to 8

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
New York officials say an eighth victim has been pulled from the rubble of a gas explosion that destroyed two buildings in East Harlem.

A firefighter applies water to rubble a day after a gas leak-triggered explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in East Harlem, New York. Rescuers working amid gusty winds, cold temperatures and billowing smoke pulled additional bodies Thursday from the rubble of two apartment buildings that collapsed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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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