Two Bodies Found at Site of NYC Building Explosion and Collapse

A pile of debris remains at the site of a building explosion in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015. Nineteen people were injured, four critically, after the powerful blast and fire sent flames soaring and debris flying Thursday afternoon. Preliminary evidence suggested that a gas explosion amid plumbing and gas work inside the building was to blame. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/The New York Times, Nancy Borowick, Pool)
A pile of debris remains at the site of a building explosion in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015. Nineteen people were injured, four critically, after the powerful blast and fire sent flames soaring and debris flying Thursday afternoon. Preliminary evidence suggested that a gas explosion amid plumbing and gas work inside the building was to blame. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/The New York Times, Nancy Borowick, Pool)

A second body was found today at the site of a New York City building explosion and collapse, a city official told ABC News, shortly after New York City Police Department said the searchers looking for two people believed to be missing found a first body.

City officials told ABC that witness accounts said the two missing people were in close proximity to each other just before the blast, so they were anticipating that both would be found near each other in the rubble.

Identification of the bodies was pending, said the NYPD. The explosion, which happened Thursday afternoon, left 22 people injured and two missing, city officials have said.

Some containers of debris from the site have been taken to a “secure” undisclosed location for additional examination if necessary — either to look for more evidence or remains, a city official directly involved in the operation said today.

A total of 750 cubic yards of debris has been sifted twice on-site at this point, and put into containers and removed, the official said.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Josh Margolin and Mark Crudele

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