Update (10:30 a.m.) – A body has reportedly been pulled from the rubble at a popular Kansas City restaurant. A gas explosion and fire leveled JJ’s restaurant Tuesday evening. The body was located Wednesday morning in the bar area of the dining facility. The remains have not been identified and rescue crews continue to search for a missing female employee. At least 15 people were injured in Tuesday’s fiery explosion. Seven people hurt in the blast are still in the hospital.  Two are in critical condition.

 

Update (9:00 a.m.) – KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials in Kansas City, Mo., say an employee is missing following an explosion and fire at a popular restaurant. At least 14 people were injured in the blast and inferno last night at JJ’s restaurant. Teams have been going through the rubble with cadaver dogs and are waiting for heavy equipment to conduct a more thorough search.

 

Update (8:00 a.m.) – KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City officials say one of two people who were missing after an explosion destroyed a restaurant has been found but the search continues for a woman who worked there.  Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi said early Wednesday that a man who was reported missing was found at St. Luke’s Hospital receiving treatment. He says there has been no sign of the female employee since the explosion Tuesday evening at JJ’s restaurant on the Country Club Plaza.  Searchers used cadaver dogs to search the rubble overnight and are waiting for heavy equipment to remove heavy piece so they can continue to search.  Berardi says 14 people were treated at hospitals for injuries.

 

Update (7:00 a.m.) – KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The search continues this morning through the rubble of a popular restaurant in Kansas City that was shattered by a natural gas explosion.  Firefighters are using cadaver dogs and officials say that’s standard procedure given the circumstances. Authorities say 14 people are known to have been injured — at least three critically.

 

Original story: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say 14 people were injured in a massive gas explosion in an upscale Kansas City shopping district. Kansas City Manager Troy Schulte says investigators are still trying to determine the full cause of Tuesday’s explosion, which destroyed JJ’s restaurant. Schulte says they do know there was a gas leak followed by an explosion.  He says it may have stemmed from an accident involving a utility contractor.  Earlier police spokeswoman Rhonda Flores said it appeared that a car crashed into a gas main near JJ’s just after 6 p.m.  People were cleared from the area around the restaurant.