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Cause of East Village blast may have been improper use of a gas line

from The New York Times

From March 31: When the manager of Sushi Park, a restaurant in the East Village building that was destroyed March 26 in an explosion and fire, alerted the building's landlord that afternoon to an odor of gas, it was not the first time that people who worked there had been concerned about how gas was flowing into the building. The restaurant's owner, Hyeonil Kim, 59, said in an interview that he had wondered how the apartments upstairs in the five-story building at 121 Second Avenue had been getting hot water and gas for cooking. The only gas line coming into the building had been dedicated to his restaurant, he said. more

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