Death Toll Rises to Seven in NYC Explosion

By NBCNews.com

Published 03/12 2014 10:18AM

Updated 03/13 2014 10:39AM

(NBC News) 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.

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