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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 20, 2013

City provides afternoon update to Plaza fire investigation

The City of Kansas City, Mo., and Missouri Gas Energy jointly reported during a 4:45 p.m. press conference that the “people phase” of the incident has concluded and staff is now moving to investigate the cause of yesterday’s explosion on the Plaza.

Positive identification has not been made on the body at this time. The City’s Fire Department ceased search operations at 3:30 p.m. They have run down every lead of which they are aware for possible missing persons. No other victims have been found. The “search for victims phase” of the investigation has largely been concluded, and crews are beginning to investigate the origin of the explosion and property assessment.

The Missouri Public Service Commission and OSHA are now involved in the investigation process. MPSC is the regulatory agency for all pipelines in Missouri.

Please be advised that the Police Department has reopened some Plaza roads. Currently, only 48th Street between Belleview Avenue and Roanoke Parkway remains closed. Residents are still strongly advised to avoid this area.

The City thanks its regional partners in Kansas City, Kan., and in Johnson County, Kan. Both sent equipment and offered help.

As one investigation is ongoing, the City is ramping up to battle the snow. Preparation is underway. Please pay attention to the weather forecast.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Battalion Chief James Garrett at 816-784-9172.

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