All Bodies Believed Found in NYC Building Collapse

Rescue workers in New York City say they have found the remains of all eight people killed in a gas explosion this week.

Police say there are no known victims still missing from the blast at two apartment buildings. However, firefighters say the rescue operations will continue, in case there are unknown survivors still in the rubble.

Dozens of people were injured Wednesday when a gas leak caused caused two Manhattan buildings to catch fire and collapse.

Rubble is seen on March 14, 2014, two days after a natural gas explosion leveled two apartment buildings in New York. /AP Rubble is seen on March 14, 2014, two days after a natural gas explosion leveled two apartment buildings in New York. /AP

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says investigators can get conclusive evidence of what caused the gas leak only when the rescue effort is complete.

Some of New York City's gas mains date back to the 1800s.

Residents in a nearby building called officials at energy company Consolidated Edison to report the smell of natural gas minutes before the explosion. Crews arrived at the building too late to investigate.

VOA News / Mar. 17, 2014 08:16 KST