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2 NYC Buildings Collapse, 3 Dead, Others Missing

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The New York City fire department says more than a dozen people are still missing after an explosion leveled two apartment buildings, killing three people.
 
The department also says more than 20 others were injured, including two with life-threatening injuries.
 
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says some of those unaccounted for may have fled to safety. He says the city is expending every effort to locate them. "There are a number of missing individuals." He suggests some may have fled to safety and says the city is expending every effort to locate the people who are still unaccounted for.

The mayor says Con Edison is shutting down all gas mains going into the building. 
 
The White House issued a statement offering "thoughts and prayers" and commending first responders.
 
The mayor urged worried relatives to call 311. A hotline was being set up.
 
The cause was not immediately known. However, utility workers were on the way to check out a report of a gas odor at the time of the 9:30 a.m. blast Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board said it is sending a team of experts to New York City to investigate the explosion and building collapse.
 
The safety board investigates pipeline accidents as well as accidents involving all modes of transportation.  (AP)

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