Body found at New York City building explosion site: police

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Posted: Mar 28, 2015 12:10 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A body was found on Sunday at the site of a gas explosion last week that destroyed four New York City apartment buildings and injured 19 people, police said.

The body was recovered at about 1 p.m. local time in the rubble caused by the blast and fire in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood on Thursday, a spokeswoman with the New York City Police Department said.

A gender and identity for the deceased person has not been released, and the body has not yet been transported, police said.

Rescue crews with cadaver dogs dug through smoldering rubble on Saturday in the search for two people still unaccounted for after the explosion. The missing men were identified as Moises Lucon, age 27 or 28, and Nicholas Figueroa, 23.

In all, 11 buildings were evacuated, leaving residents of 144 apartments needing places to stay. Investigators were looking into whether gas and plumbing work being done privately in one building led to the explosion.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Walsh)