NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two people remain unaccounted for after an apparent gas explosion in the East Village that leveled three five-story buildings.
Flames and smoke were sent shooting into the sky after an initial explosion from the basement of 121 Second Avenue around 3:15 p.m. Thursday. The fire jumped to adjacent buildings, causing three to collapse. A fourth suffered extensive fire damage.
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Authorities said they are searching for 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa, who was on a date at the Sushi Park restaurant right before the building fell, and a restaurant worker, Moises Locon.
“We have two people that we know for sure are unaccounted for,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Friday afternoon. “Two people based on eyewitness accounts.”