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Death Toll in NYC Explosion Climbs to 8

Updated: 03/13/2014 6:14 PM
Created: 03/13/2014 5:48 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

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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Firefighters continue to spray water on the smoldering debris from an explosion in Harlem, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in New York.
Photo: AP/Bebeto Matthews

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