Body found in search of rubble at JJ's Restaurant, site of Plaza fire

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Authorities said a body has been found in the rubble where JJ's Restaurant once stood. They did not release information on the gender or identity of the body.

Authorities had been looking for a missing woman. She was an employee of JJ's, but no other details were released.

Missouri Gas Energy said they believed a contractor struck a natural gas line outside the restaurant in a statement Tuesday.

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MGE released the following statement on Wednesday:

"We remain focused on supporting the ongoing investigation into the cause of last night's incident and on ensuring the continued security of the site.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted and their loved ones, and we want to thank the emergency responders for their efforts last night and their continued work today to help so many. Kansas City's fire and police departments are among the very finest in the country, as was evidenced by their ability to quickly contain the fire and secure the area.

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available."

Mayor James said he spoke to Jimmy Frantzè, the owner of JJ's, who said his main concern isn't the restaurant or damage, but the people who worked with him and their safety.

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A gas main break outside of the restaurant sparked the explosion and five-alarm fire that wounded at least 16 people early Tuesday evening.

Officials with St. Luke's Hospital said that one person remains in critical condition and one in serious condition on Wednesday. Both are in the intensive care unit.

Investigators will have a tough day ahead of them, as temperatures have dropped and the area prepares for a winter storm.

Several area roads are closed around the scene. The public is asked to avoid the area.

We'll continue to update this story as the search resumes and more details become available. Refresh the page for updates.

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