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Firefighters respond to an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York on Wednesday morning.

Searchers dig through rubble of 2 NY buildings

Gas leak blamed for explosion; 2 buildings gone

– Rescue workers are using back hoes and a bulldozer to search for any victims still buried after an explosion demolished two Manhattan buildings. Meanwhile, questions are swirling about the gas leak that triggered the blast and whether complaints about gas odors had been ignored.

The explosion Wednesday morning killed at least six people and injured more than 60, with searchers still trying to locate others. At the site on Park Avenue and 116th Street, thermal imaging cameras are being used to identify heat spots – bodies or pockets of fire.

City officials say searches of the street are complete and no victims have been found there. Workers initially were hampered from fully accessing the building space because of a sinkhole caused by a subsurface water main break.

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