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U.S. blast toll rises

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 01:03

March 13 - At least four people known to have died when a blast brought down two buildings in New York City. Paul Chapman reports.

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The search for those missing, feared buried beneath the rubble of these two New York City apartment blocks, went on through the night. The number of dead rose to at least four on Thursday. Another 36 have been injured in the explosion that caused the collapse, blamed on a gas leak. Earlier on Wednesday residents in the area spoke of the moment the blast hit. (SOUNDBITE)(English) AISHA WATTS, RESIDENT OF BUILDING NEXT TO EXPLOSION SITE, SAYING: "I walked down the hallway trying to get out of the apartment. I couldn't get out. I was stuck, I was jammed, so I took a knife and started jamming the lock open and then my neighbour came and kicked the door open." (SOUNDBITE)(English) GREGORY GARCIA, WITNESS, SAYING: "I was saying 'move away'. It was a lot of fire, I couldn't go towards it. Everybody was running away. A lot of debris, a lot of fire, stuff like that." (SOUNDBITE)(English) CATHERINE, LIVES NEAR EXPLOSION SITE, SAYING: "People were running in pyjamas, bedroom slippers, so as we came down we began to smell burning, like something was burning, and that's when we were aware that there was an explosion." President Barack Obama sent his condolences to the families of the victims, and a message of support to emergency services at the scene.

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U.S. blast toll rises

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 01:03