[2nd Avenue this morning via Vinny & O]
NY1 has an update on yesterday's explosion:
Two people are listed as being unaccounted for as investigators keep looking into Thursday's explosion in the East Village that injured more than two dozen people and brought down three buildings.
The NYPD says official missing persons reports have not yet been filed, but are under further verification and investigation.
The FDNY says the number of those injured now stands at 25. They include 20 civilians, four firefighters and one EMS worker.
Four of the injured are in critical condition.
While the cause of the blast and subsequent fire that destroyed 119, 121 and 123 Second Ave. remains under investigation, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters: "To the best of our knowledge, they were working on the gas in the building [No. 121]."
Also, NY1 reports that, according to City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, 11 nearby buildings in the area have evacuation orders, which includes 144 apartments.
"Mendez says 80 people — 79 adults and one baby — have registered with the Red Cross. She says 30 people — 29 adults and one baby — need a place to stay."
Red Cross station to help people affected by the explosion is now at Tompkins Square Library at 331 e10th, btw Aves A & B.— East Village (@EastVillageNY) March 27, 2015
Updated 9:54 a.m. Here is a photo of Nicholas Figueroa, 23, who was eating at Sushi Park with a co-worker at the time of the blast. He remains unaccounted for...
The Wall Street Journal reports that Moises Lucon, who worked at Sushi Park, 121 Second Ave., is the second man missing after the blast.