SOURCE - RESTRICTION: KCTV - Courtesy/AP Clients Only
Location - Date: Kansas City, Missouri - Feb. 20
1. SOUNDBITE: Major Sly James, Kansas City Fire Department
"unfortunately, I have the task of reporting to you today, that we have recovered a body at the scene. We cannot provide any positive identification at this point. Obviously it is sad news. The positive identification will have to await some identification characteristics that will prove who the person is."
"Work continues at the scene as we speak. And that is to make sure that we've done all possible to address human life and death issues. And that work will continue as long as the weather permits."
"Total of 15 patients, nine have been released and six remain at the hospital. Three are in critical condition. One in serious condition and two in stable condition."
"We are up against an impending storm and this will impact the investigation. So we will continue our investigation, as long as weather permits. And in that process, we want to remind everybody that we continue through this process to ensure that there are not other victims in that building. So, we want to keep in mind that there were people that were hurt and at least one fatality at this incident. There are people suffering at the hospital and our heart goes out to them".
Search crews at the site of a massive explosion that destroyed a popular Kansas City, Mo., restaurant have found the remains of one person, the city's mayor said Wednesday morning.
Mayor Sly James declined to say whether the person was a man or a woman.
Authorities have been looking for a woman who worked at JJ's restaurant, was seen there before the Tuesday evening blast and was reported missing afterward. They previously said she was the only person still unaccounted for following the explosion and fire.
But James said at a news conference that authorities can't be "100 percent sure that we can account for every single person that may have been at JJ's when the explosion occurred."
Crews have been searching the site feverishly ahead of a major winter storm bearing down on the city. James said 15 people were injured in the blast. Six were still hospitalized Wednesday morning.
The blast occurred after a construction crew apparently struck a natural gas line. The explosion was felt for nearly a mile around the restaurant, shattering glass in nearby buildings and sending an ominous smoke plume above the city's prized outdoor shopping district.
One of two people first feared to be missing was later found at a hospital. But the woman who worked at JJ's was still missing, and James had stressed that finding her remained the primary focus of Wednesday's efforts.
"We have a major storm coming in this evening," James said. "We're going to work diligently to get in (to the blast site) to get underneath that weather."
JJ's was a beloved fixture on the city's culinary scene for more than 27 years. Locals knew it as a prime after-work stop, though the restaurant won a broader reputation after it consistently received high ratings from contributors to Zagat's restaurant guides, both for its food and its list of hundreds of wines.
The shopping area was established in 1922 by J.C. Nichols. Based on the architecture of Seville, Spain, it includes stores, restaurants, apartments and offices.