Death toll in NYC explosion climbs to 8

Death toll in NYC explosion climbs to 8

New York City Fire Department firefighters at the scene of an explosion and building collapse at Park Avenue and East 116th Street March 12, 2014 in the Harlem section of New York.

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on March 13, 2014 at 4:40 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 6:17 PM

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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