NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The search was under way Saturday for two missing people in the ruins of the explosion that leveled three buildings in the East Village earlier this week.
Meanwhile, some residents of nearby buildings were allowed back into their apartments Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters were using cadaver-sniffing dogs for a second day Saturday to search for the two men who were last seen in the Sushi Park restaurant at 121 Second Ave. just north of 7th Street. The building, along with neighboring 119 and 123 Second Ave., was destroyed in the explosion on Thursday, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.
City officials say roughly 60 firefighters are on the scene suppressing pockets of fire needing to be extinguished, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported.
Under bright spotlights, firefighters also took on massive amounts of rubble from the three buildings – carefully digging through it by hand, CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported.
“We don’t just pick it up with machines and put it in a truck and drive it away,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
Some firefighters are helping from an adjacent apartment building, relaying what they see from above.