Location - Date: KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Feb. 20

1. SOUNDBITE: Chief Paul Berardi, Kansas City Fire Department

"Approximately 6 o'clock last evening, there was a fire and explosion report at Jj's restaurant at 44th and Belview, last evening. Fire crews responded to the scene and found the building fully engulfed. By the time it was over we had transported nine victims to area hospitals and another six or seven self-reported to hospitals, either in personal vehicles or on foot. At one time in the evening, it was reported that there were two missing victims. One of those victims were later located, was later located at a hospital and confirmed to be one of the missing victims. At this time we're still searching for one victim and that employee is a female employee of Jj's restaurant. We have crews on the seen now and will begin that search soon after day break."

"in the immediate area, those buildings were cleared at 8 o'clock in the evening and so we know that we're no longer in danger of any further gas explosions. As to the investigation, KCFD, Kansas City PD, bomb and arson unit and ATF are on the scene. And we'll conduct a thorough investigation to find out what caused the explosion."


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.