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Rescuers continue searching rubble from NYC blast

Working 'with hope,' rescuers continue searching rubble from NYC explosion; at least 8 dead

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, second from right, listens to a first responder near the site of a gas leak-triggered explosion in East Harlem, Th...
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, right, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, second from left, tour near the site of a gas leak...
Bishop Carlton Brown, of Bethel Gospel Assembly church, talks about two church members who were killed a day earlier in an explosion in the East Harle...
This January 24, 2013 photo provided by The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College shows security officer Griselde Camacho on duty at the s...
A firefighter applies water to rubble a day after a gas leak-triggered explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in East Harlem, New York. Rescuers working...
Debris is removed from a mound of rubble a day after a gas leak-triggered explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in East Harlem, New York. Rescuers work...
This undated family photo shows Carmen Tanco during a visit to Puerto Rico. Tanco, 67, a dental hygienist, was killed Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in gas...
A woman holds a candle while listening to prayers during a vigil for the victims of an explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014 in New York. Rescuers worki...
People hold up candles while praying during a vigil for the victims of an explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014 in New York. Rescuers working amid gusty...

NYC Explosion

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, second from right, listens to a first responder near the site of a gas leak-triggered explosion in East Harlem, Th...

NYC Explosion

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, right, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, second from left, tour near the site of a gas leak...

NYC Explosion

Bishop Carlton Brown, of Bethel Gospel Assembly church, talks about two church members who were killed a day earlier in an explosion in the East Harle...

NYC Explosion

This January 24, 2013 photo provided by The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College shows security officer Griselde Camacho on duty at the s...

NYC Explosion

A firefighter applies water to rubble a day after a gas leak-triggered explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in East Harlem, New York. Rescuers working...

NYC Explosion

Debris is removed from a mound of rubble a day after a gas leak-triggered explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in East Harlem, New York. Rescuers work...

NYC EXPLOSION

This undated family photo shows Carmen Tanco during a visit to Puerto Rico. Tanco, 67, a dental hygienist, was killed Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in gas...

NYC Explosion

A woman holds a candle while listening to prayers during a vigil for the victims of an explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014 in New York. Rescuers worki...

NYC Explosion

People hold up candles while praying during a vigil for the victims of an explosion, Thursday, March 13, 2014 in New York. Rescuers working amid gusty...

NEW YORK (AP) -- Workers searching a pile of rubble from a gas explosion are using sound devices to probe for voices and telescopic cameras to peer into small spaces.

Fire Department of New York Chief Edward Kilduff says they're working "with hope" for the possibility of finding survivors.

The search is slow going. Forty percent to 50 percent of the debris was removed by Thursday evening. Kilduff says a fire is still burning, and the force of the explosion collapsed and pancaked layers of floors. A back wall is still freestanding and poses a collapse hazard.

Workers are planning a full day of work Friday removing debris. They're hoping to make it down to the first floor by Saturday and then move onto the basement.

At least eight people died in Wednesday's blast.


Updated : 2021-05-15 18:19 GMT+08:00