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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:09 AM

Kansas City fire chief: Restaurant employee remains missing after gas blast

Source: CBS News

Kansas City officials say one of two people who were missing after an explosion destroyed a restaurant has been found but the search continues for a woman who worked there.

Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi said early Wednesday that a man who was reported missing was found at St. Luke's Hospital receiving treatment. He says there has been no sign of the female employee since the explosion Tuesday evening at JJ's restaurant on the Country Club Plaza.

Searchers used cadaver dogs to search the rubble overnight and are waiting for heavy equipment to remove heavy piece so they can continue to search.

Authorities said 14 people were known to have been injured at least three critically by the blast and gas-fed fire that destroyed the restaurant around 6 p.m. Tuesday. The flames, spectacularly reflected in the glass facade of an office building under construction across the street, died down only after crews were able to shut off the gas around 8 p.m.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57570243/kansas-city-fire-chief-restuarant-employee-remains-missing-after-gas-blast/

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:16 AM

1. People reportedly smelled gas for hours beforehand

Was the gas company notified? Call placed to the fire department?

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Response to Sienna86 (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:19 AM

2. I believe so.

There is a doctor's office right next door. They were discussing smelling gas and that it was getting stronger towards thea afternoon. The article didn't say but someone from the gas company showed up so I assume someone called them. He told them to evacuate right then. Shortly after the explosion occurred.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:46 AM

3. Kansas City mayor says crews have found body in rubble of exploded Kansas City, Mo., restaurant.

BREAKING: Kansas City mayor says crews have found body in rubble of exploded Kansas City, Mo., restaurant.

https://twitter.com/AP/status/304268679686799361

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:43 PM

4. **Update** Body found in rubble

Search crews at the site of a massive explosion that destroyed a popular Kansas City restaurant have found the remains of one person, the city's mayor said Wednesday morning.

Mayor Sly James declined to say whether the person was a man or a woman.

Authorities were looking for a woman who worked at JJ's restaurant, was seen there before the Tuesday evening blast and was reported missing afterward. They previously said she was the only person still unaccounted for following the explosion and fire.

But James said at a news conference that authorities can't be "100 percent sure that we can account for every single person that may have been at JJ's when the explosion occurred."


http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57570243/kansas-city-mayor-body-found-in-restaurant-rubble/

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they're not saying yet that it's the missing woman, but they're not saying it isn't.........

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