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Police investigating possibility something other than gas caused NYC building explosion


NEW YORK — Police are investigating whether something other than gas caused a New York City building to explode over the weekend.

New York Police Department spokesman Stephen Davis said Tuesday gas had been shut off to a floor in the Brooklyn apartment building where investigators think the blast started.

Authorities had initially believed the blast happened after a stove was removed from a gas line they thought might not have been properly disconnected.

A building tenant, Ligia Puello, died in the explosion. A second person's body was pulled from the rubble on Monday.

That person was not identified but authorities believe 47-year-old Francesca Figueroa had been moving out when the building exploded.

A fire department spokesman said fire marshals were still sifting through forensic evidence from the explosion and conducting interviews.

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