4 More Dead Found In Rubble Overnight, Death Toll At 7 After NYC Explosion

Source: Andrew Siff and Melissa Russo / NBC New York

Four more bodies were found overnight in the smoldering rubble of two upper Manhattan buildings leveled by a gas explosion that injured more than 70 people and spewed debris for blocks, bringing the death toll to seven.

Rescue crews brought in a backhoe and bulldozer and were digging through the debris Thursday for more buried victims as firefighters battled flareups in the wreckage of the two five-story buildings that collapsed Wednesday morning on 116th and Park Avenue.

Five people are still missing.

FDNY Chief of Department Edward Kilduff told Mayor de Blasio Thursday as the mayor visited workers in the rubble that most of the victims have been found about 20 feet into the pile, on the left side.

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