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Body found at East Village explosion site, police say

NEW YORK – Rescue workers have located a body in the wreckage of the explosion and fire that happened last week in the East Village, the police said Sunday.

Two men have been missing since the blast Thursday afternoon, which destroyed three buildings and injured 22 people.

The police said investigators had not determined the identity of the body that was located.

The two men who have been missing are Nicholas Figueroa, 23, who graduated from SUNY Buffalo State in December, and Moises Ismael Locón Yac, 27.

The fire started in a first-floor restaurant, at 121 Second Ave., on Thursday.

Figueroa had been on a lunch date at the restaurant, Sushi Park; Yac was a busboy at the restaurant.

Officials said the fire was likely set off by a gas explosion.

The explosion blew off the facade of the building before spreading to four neighboring ones. By the next morning, three of the buildings – 119, 121 and 123 Second Ave. – were reduced to rubble.