Two bodies pulled from rubble at East Village explosion site

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EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (PIX11) -- Police say everyone has been accounted for after two bodies were found in the rubble where three buildings collapsed in the East Village.

In a press conference Sunday evening, authorities said they believe the two dead were the men reported missing Thursday.

Officials found two bodies Sunday afternoon beneath the rubble.

Moises Lucon, 26, worked at a restaurant in one of the buildings that collapsed. The other victim, 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa was on a date at that restaurant.

Figueroa's family has asked for privacy as they mourn.

Three buildings collapsed and four others were damaged by the raging fire that followed Thursday's explosion.

Investigators are looking into whether a gas line was "inappropriately accessed." Mayor Bill de Blasio said officials need to have access to the wreckage to further explore the cause.

Gas utility inspectors checking on work in the building's basement left just 30 minutes before the blast occurred.


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