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East Harlem explosion investigation

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Daily life is almost back to normal for most residents in East Harlem. The investigation into what caused a deadly explosion should begin to move faster. Eight people died in the blast, which destroyed two buildings on Park Avenue.

In the meantime, the support for those who lost their homes in the blast is overwhelming.

SkyFoxHD was over the scene on Park Avenue as work crews continued to clear away debris from the two collapsed buildings, trying to get full access to the basements. The NTSB says that must be done before board members can pressure test gas lines to find the source of the suspected leak. Mobile command centers for police, OEM, and Con Edison are stationed on East 116th Street.

Linda Hill, who lives in the building next to the site, brought donations for the displaced families to a nearby relief location. But she was thinking about the eight lives that were lost.

The East Harlem Merchants Association has collected everything from brand new jeans, still with the tags, all kinds of men's, women's and children's clothing, sneakers, disposable diapers, toys, and housewares along with food and beverages. Their only challenge now is getting these items to the more than 100 people who lost everything when the two buildings collapsed, says Raphael Benavides, president of the merchants association.

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The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner released autopsy results for the victims. They died of either blunt trauma or smoke inhalation and burns. The OCME ruled the deaths accidental.

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