- Two bodies were recovered today, three days after explosions rocked an East Village building causing it to collapse, police said. One victim has been identified as Nicholas Figueroa, 23 of the Upper East Side. The second body is unidentified but may be Moises Locon, 26 of Queens who has been missing since Thursday. Locon was an employee of Sushi Park located in the now destroyed 2nd Avenue building.
Locon and Figueroa were last seen seated near each other at Sushi Park. Figueroa was repordedly on a date at the time of the explosion while Locon was working his shift as a busboy. Figueroa's body was recovered at 1:45 P.M Sunday and the second two hours later, police said.
- It could take a week to cean up the rubble and debris, officials said. Automobile traffic on 2nd Avenue between 6th Street and 7th Street remains restricted to cleanup and emergency personnel. However, limited sidewalk traffic is allowed and many busineses remain open.
- City officials say the investigation into the exact cause of the explosion continues, but Con Ed has confirmed that the building's plumber failed an inspection on Thursday related to gas line work.