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7 victims of NYC blast died of smoke or trauma

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:40 p.m. CDT

NEW YORK — The New York City medical examiner says seven of the eight people killed in a suspected gas explosion that leveled two apartment buildings died of either smoke inhalation or blunt trauma.

The autopsy results were released on Monday as investigators continued to examine the circumstances of the blast.

The medical examiner classified the seven deaths as accidents. Results are still pending for the eighth victim, who has not yet been identified.

The explosion on Wednesday injured more than 60 others. Authorities say the blast occurred about 15 minutes after someone from a neighboring building reported smelling gas.

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