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FDNY: All 8 reported missing in blast recovered
New York (AP) - New York City's fire commissioner says all eight people reported missing have been found and identified at the site of a deadly gas explosion that leveled two buildings.
Salvatore Cassano said no one else is known to be missing. But he stressed at a news conference Friday that the rescue operation will continue in case there are unknown survivors still in the rubble.
Cassano says about 60 to 70 percent of debris has been cleared. He says workers hope to clear all the debris by mid-day Saturday. That's when detectives and fire marshals will be able to access the basements of the buildings to begin their investigation into what might have caused the blast.
Meanwhile, the city is getting ready to move people displaced by the East Harlem explosion into apartments.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says the Department of Homeless Services has about 50 apartments available for families in private buildings where non-profits are involved in the management.
And the Real Estate Board is arranging for more apartments on the East Side. Those will be available for up to three months.
De Blasio, who spoke after touring a temporary shelter, says some families might be able to move starting Friday.
The city also is working with the YMCA to house displaced individuals.
The mayor said some people will only need to be housed a few days. Others will need help for several months. And some will require a permanent new solution.