New York City Building Explosion Death Toll Rises

Hopes of finding more survivors from a deadly building explosion in New York City's Harlem neighborhood are fading.

Six people are confirmed dead from Wednesday's massive blast. Rescue crews worked past midnight searching through the rubble to locate nine other people who are still missing after a gas leak caused an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings.  At least 63 people were injured.

Emergency workers respond to the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in Harlem, New York on March 12, 2014. /AP Emergency workers respond to the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in Harlem, New York on March 12, 2014. /AP

The blast sent debris over several blocks across the neighborhood and a nearby commuter rail line, suspending train service in and out of Grand Central Station for much of the day.

Residents in a nearby building called officials at energy company Consolidated Edison to report the smell of natural gas just minutes before the explosion. 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident "a tragedy of the worst kind" because it happened with no time to save people.

VOA News / Mar. 14, 2014 08:11 KST