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Gas blast destroys 2 NY buildings; 6 people dead

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2014 at 3:17 am •  Published: March 13, 2014

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

Fire department spokesman Michael Parrella says the body of an unidentified male was found in the rubble around 3:15 a.m. Thursday. A half hour earlier, a woman's body had been found.

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. At least three of the injured were 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 9:30 a.m., about 15 minutes after a neighboring resident reported smelling gas.