Plaza fire: Cadaver dogs sort through JJ's Restaurant rubble

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Cadaver dogs are sifting through the rubble where JJ's Restaurant once stood.

A Kansas City Fire Department official told 41 Action News that the dogs were put into action as soon as the ruins cooled.

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The dogs searched until about 1 a.m., will take a break and come back to work at daybreak, Kansas City Fire Department Chief Paul Berardi said just before midnight at an impromptu news conference at the scene of the fire.

The five-alarm fire started around 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, and it's believed to have been sparked after a construction vehicle struck a gas main. It was contained by 8:25 p.m.

The dogs were on the scene by 9 p.m.

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At least 14 people were injured in the blast, five of them critically. Two people remained unaccounted for, Berardi said late Tuesday night.

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