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All missing in blast accounted for

All eight people reported missing after a gas explosion flattened two buildings in New York have been found and identified, the city's fire commissioner has said.

Salvatore Cassano said no-one else is known to be missing, but he stressed at a news conference that the rescue operation will continue in case there are unknown survivors still in the rubble.

Mr Cassano said some 60%-70% of debris has been cleared and workers hope to clear all the debris by midday tomorrow. Then, 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.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said more than 100 people displaced by the blast will be provided with temporary and long-term housing.

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