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PHOTOS: Look back at the dramatic scenes from the aftermath of the 2015 East Village fire

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A blast inside an East Village restaurant caused an apartment building to go up in flames at 121 Second Ave. near East 7th Street on March 26, 2015. Two people were killed due to the explosion and at least 25 others injured, including four in critical condition.
NYPD officers using cadaver dogs began searching Friday for two men who police suspect are buried beneath the wreckage of the East Village inferno on March 27, 2015.
NYPD officers using cadaver dogs began searching Friday for two men who police suspect are buried beneath the wreckage of the East Village inferno on March 27, 2015.
A demolition crew arrived on the scene of the East Village fire to remove the rubble left behind from collapsed buildings on March 27, 2015.
A demolition crew arrived on the scene of the East Village fire to remove the rubble left behind from collapsed buildings on March 27, 2015.
Emergency responders search through the rubble left behind after 3 buildings collapsed and another horribly damaged after a massive blaze tore through an East Village building.
Emergency responders searched through the rubble left behind after 3 buildings collapsed and another damaged after a massive blaze tore through an East Village building.
Signs were being taped up around the city to help in the search of 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa who was on a date in the Sushi Park restaurant when the gas blast occurred. Figueroa is one of two men that went missing after the fire. The other was Sushi Park employee Moises Lucon, a 23-year-old hard-working immigrant who was also in the restaurant during the time of the blast. Their bodies were found three days later, on March 29.
Signs were being taped up around the city to help in the search of 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa who was on a date in the Sushi Park restaurant when the gas blast occurred. Figueroa is one of two men who went missing after the fire. The other was Sushi Park employee Moises Lucon, a 23-year-old hard-working immigrant who was also in the restaurant during the time of the blast. Their bodies were found three days later, on March 29.
A search dog that is trained on sniffing out cadavers is brought to the site of a building collapse in the East Village on March 27, 2015. The powerful blast that destroyed 4 buildings also left 19 people injured and four more critically after flames ripped through numerous buildings.
A search dog that is trained to sniff out cadavers is brought to the site of a building collapse in the East Village on March 27, 2015. The powerful blast that destroyed 4 buildings also left 19 people injured and four more critically after flames ripped through numerous buildings.
Firefighters bring emergency equipment to the site of a seven-alarm fire that caused the collapse of three buildings and damage another building a day after the blaze took place on March 27, 2015.
Firefighters bring emergency equipment to the site of a seven-alarm fire that caused the collapse of three buildings and damage to another building a day after the blaze took place on March 27, 2015.
Chief of Department James Leonard (l.) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (c.) visit the site of a seven-alarm fire that caused the collapse of numerous buildings on March 27, 2015.
Chief of Department James Leonard (l.) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (c.) visit the site of a seven-alarm fire that caused the collapse of numerous buildings on March 27, 2015.
Firefighters go through the remains of neighboring buildings after an explosion caused a massive seven-alarm fire that ripped through the East Village on March 27, 2015.
Firefighters go through the remains of neighboring buildings after an explosion caused a massive seven-alarm fire that ripped through the East Village on March 27, 2015.
Neighboring buildings that remained standing also suffered internal damaging from including water and smoke damage on Second Avenue on March 27, 2015.
Neighboring buildings that remained standing also suffered internal damage from including water and smoke damage on Second Avenue on March 27, 2015.
Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a press conference at City Hall in regards to the gas explosion and seven-alarm fire on 2nd Ave that destroyed four buildings the previous day on March 27, 2015. De Blasio also advised the necessary precautions when encountering a gas leak during the conference.
Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a press conference at City Hall in regards to the gas explosion and seven-alarm fire on 2nd Ave that destroyed four buildings the previous day on March 27, 2015. De Blasio also advised the necessary precautions when encountering a gas leak during the conference.
Firefighters continue into the morning of March 27, 2015 to extinguish the last of the smoke left behind after a seven-alarm blaze that ripped through the East Village. Three buildings as well as 121 Second Ave., where the fire initially started, have been reduced to nothing but rubble. At least 25 people have been injured while two more were initially reported missing before being declared dead when their bodies were found.
Firefighters continued into the morning of March 27, 2015, to extinguish the last of the smoke left behind after a seven-alarm blaze that ripped through the East Village. Three buildings as well as 121 Second Ave., where the fire initially started, have been reduced to nothing but rubble. At least 25 people have been injured while two more were initially reported missing before being declared dead when their bodies were found.
Only part of one of the four buildings that were compromised in an East Village fire remains barely standing on March 27, 2015. Through the night and well into the morning, firefighters continue to put out the last of the smoke from an seven-alarm blaze that left at least 25 people injured.
Only part of one of the four buildings that were compromised in an East Village fire remains barely standing on March 27, 2015. Through the night and well into the morning, firefighters continue to put out the last of the smoke from a seven-alarm blaze that left at least 25 people injured.
Workers examine gas pipes under the street as a result of a gas leak explosion that caused a devastating fire on March 27, 2015. Four buildings were reduced to rubble while two victims died and at least 25 people have been reported as injured.
Workers examine gas pipes under the street as a result of a gas leak explosion that caused a devastating fire on March 27, 2015. Four buildings were reduced to rubble while two victims died and at least 25 people have been reported as injured.
Numerous vehicles, including a NYPD squad car, were also compromised as the result of a seven-alarm fire in an East Village building on March 27, 2015. Four buildings including 121 Second Ave. were reduced to rubble as a result of the devastating blaze.
Numerous vehicles, including an NYPD squad car, were also compromised as the result of a seven-alarm fire in an East Village building on March 27, 2015. Four buildings including 121 Second Ave. were reduced to rubble as a result of the devastating blaze.
An overview of 2nd Avenue and 7th Street shows the devastation left behind after a seven-alarm fire ripped through an East Village building taking down 3 additional buildings on March 27, 2015.
An overview of 2nd Avenue and 7th Street shows the devastation left behind after a seven-alarm fire ripped through an East Village building taking down 3 additional buildings on March 27, 2015.
Firefighters continue to douse smoke from a massive fire that tore through four buildings in the East Village on March 27, 2015. Once all the smoke subsided, rescue workers began to clear out the damage and to search for any remains of the two victims initially reported as missing.
Firefighters continue to douse smoke from a massive fire that tore through four buildings in the East Village on March 27, 2015. Once all the smoke subsided, rescue workers began to clear out the damage and to search for any remains of the two victims initially reported as missing.
As morning approached, firefighters were still at the scene of a seven-alarm fire extinguishing the last of a blaze that destroyed four buildings and left at least 25 people injured.
As morning approached, firefighters were still at the scene of a seven-alarm fire extinguishing the last of a blaze that destroyed four buildings and left at least 25 people injured.
A man distributes pastries to exhausted firefighters as they continue to put out the last of the flames from an East Village building fire on March 27, 2015.
A man distributes pastries to exhausted firefighters as they continue to put out the last of the flames from an East Village building fire on March 27, 2015.
Firefighters work into the night to extinguish the last of the flames from an East Village building fire that resulted from a gas leak explosion. Three surrounding buildings have also collapsed along with 121 Second Ave., where the fire initially started.
Firefighters work into the night to extinguish the last of the flames from an East Village building fire that resulted from a gas leak explosion. Three surrounding buildings have also collapsed along with 121 Second Ave., where the fire initially started.
Surrounding vehicles were also compromised in the fire as rubble from the building collapse poured onto the streets. So far there have been 25 people reported as injured and two people are still missing as a search through the rubble will ensue on March 27, 2015.
Surrounding vehicles were also compromised in the fire as rubble from the building collapse poured onto the streets. So far there have been 25 people reported as injured and two people are still missing as a search through the rubble will ensue on March 27, 2015.
Four buildings have collapsed as a result from an East Village fire that started at 121 Second Ave. due to a gas leak explosion. At least 25 people have been injured while four were reported in critical condition and two more are missing on March 27, 2015.
Four buildings have collapsed as a result from an East Village fire that started at 121 Second Ave. due to a gas leak explosion. At least 25 people have been injured while four were reported in critical condition and two more are missing on March 27, 2015.
Firefighters continue to extinguish East Village fire as a shot from the corner of the street shows the building completely demolished.
Firefighters continue to extinguish East Village fire as a shot from the corner of the street shows the building completely demolished.
After hours of battling a seven-alarm fire, an East Village building has completely collapsed as firefighters now concentrate on combating neighboring buildings on March 26, 2015.
After hours of battling a seven-alarm fire, an East Village building has completely collapsed as firefighters now concentrate on combating neighboring buildings on March 26, 2015.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (l.) speaks to reporters during a press conference about the East Village building fire on March 26, 2015. Initial reports indicate that multiple people have been injured in the explosion and collapse.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (l.) speaks to reporters during a press conference about the East Village building fire on March 26, 2015. Initial reports indicate that multiple people have been injured in the explosion and collapse.
As the sun began to set on a smoky New York City, firefighters continued to battle a massive blaze that caused an entire East Village building to collapse on March 26, 2015.
As the sun began to set on a smoky New York City, firefighters continued to battle a massive blaze that caused an entire East Village building to collapse on March 26, 2015.
NYPD officers are equipped with gas masks to prevent smoke inhalation while on the scene of an East Village fire on March 26, 2015.
NYPD officers are equipped with gas masks to prevent smoke inhalation while on the scene of an East Village fire on March 26, 2015.
As firefighters continue to battle an East Village fire, the building is slowing collapsing, as seen in this photo.
As firefighters continue to battle an East Village fire, the building is slowing collapsing, as seen in this photo.
Firefighters continue to battle an East Village fire even after the building collapsed. Smoke continued to pour out of the hole where 121 2nd Avenue once stood on March 26, 2015.
Firefighters continue to battle an East Village fire even after the building collapsed. Smoke continued to pour out of the hole where 121 2nd Avenue once stood on March 26, 2015.
Firefighters continue to battle an East Village blaze as the building slowly collapsed on March 26, 2015. At the time, no deaths had been reported but there have been injuries including two victims who were taken to the burn unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell with what officials called life-threatening injuries.
Firefighters continue to battle an East Village blaze as the building slowly collapsed on March 26, 2015. At the time, no deaths had been reported but there have been injuries including two victims who were taken to the burn unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell with what officials called life-threatening injuries.
NYPD officers, equipped with masks to avoid smoke inhalation, tape off the entire block where an East Village building caught fire and collapsed on March 26, 2015.
NYPD officers, equipped with masks to avoid smoke inhalation, tape off the entire block where an East Village building caught fire and collapsed on March 26, 2015.
A woman on the phone reacts to an East Village building fire on March 26, 2015.
A woman on the phone reacts to an East Village building fire on March 26, 2015.
A fireman breaks a sweat while battling a seven-alarm fire in the East Village on March 26, 2015. Two victims were rushed to the burn unit while two more were taken away in critical condition.
A fireman breaks a sweat while battling a seven-alarm fire in the East Village on March 26, 2015. Two victims were rushed to the burn unit while two more were taken away in critical condition.
Flames continue to pour out of an East Village building after an explosion on March 26, 2015. The explosion was reportedly the result of a gas leak at the ground-level restaurant Sushi Park on 2nd Ave. and East 7th Street.
Flames continue to pour out of an East Village building after an explosion on March 26, 2015. The explosion was reportedly the result of a gas leak at the ground-level restaurant Sushi Park on 2nd Ave. and East 7th Street.
An East Village building is slowly starting to collapse after a fire triggered by a gas leak explosion ripped through on March 26, 2015. Although no deaths had been reported yet, at least 25 were being treated for conditions ranging from severe burns to minor injuries.
An East Village building is slowly starting to collapse after a fire triggered by a gas leak explosion ripped through on March 26, 2015. Although no deaths had been reported yet, at least 25 were being treated for conditions ranging from severe burns to minor injuries.
After an East Village building is slowly collapsing after it caught fire due to a gas leak explosion on March 26, 2015.
After an East Village building is slowly collapsing after it caught fire due to a gas leak explosion on March 26, 2015.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and fire commissioner Daniel Nigro (r.) arrive on the scene of a fiery building collapse at 121 Second Ave. and East 7th Street on March 26, 2015.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and fire commissioner Daniel Nigro (r.) arrive on the scene of a fiery building collapse at 121 Second Ave. and East 7th Street on March 26, 2015.
As the day progresses, firefighters continue to fight raging flames consuming an East Village building on March 26, 2015. The fire was reportedly the result of a gas leak explosion that occurred in the ground level restaurant Sushi Park.
As the day progresses, firefighters continue to fight raging flames consuming an East Village building on March 26, 2015. The fire was reportedly the result of a gas leak explosion that occurred in the ground level restaurant Sushi Park.
As dusk approached the city, firefighters continued to battle an East Village blaze caused by a gas leak explosion on March 26, 2015.
As dusk approached the city, firefighters continued to battle an East Village blaze caused by a gas leak explosion on March 26, 2015.
FDNY firefighters continue to battle an East Village blaze that left at least 25 people injured while an additional two have been reported missing on March 26, 2015.
FDNY firefighters continue to battle an East Village blaze that left at least 25 people injured while an additional two have been reported missing on March 26, 2015.
FDNY firefighters continue to battle a massive fire in the East Village after a possible gas leak caused an explosion on March 26, 2015.
FDNY firefighters continue to battle a massive fire in the East Village after a possible gas leak caused an explosion on March 26, 2015.
The restaurant Sushi Park in the East Village went up in flames on March 26, 2015 setting the rest of the building on fire. FDNY firefighters rushed to the scene of the fire at 121 2nd Ave. near East 7th Street to combat the flames.
The restaurant Sushi Park in the East Village went up in flames on March 26, 2015 setting the rest of the building on fire. FDNY firefighters rushed to the scene of the fire at 121 2nd Ave. near East 7th Street to combat the flames.
At least six people were being treated at the scene of the fire while two firefighters were reported as injured. An explosion at an East Village restaurant caused the entire building at 121 2nd Ave. and East 7th Street to go up in flames on March 26, 2015.
At least six people were being treated at the scene of the fire while two firefighters were reported as injured. An explosion at an East Village restaurant caused the entire building at 121 2nd Ave. and East 7th Street to go up in flames on March 26, 2015.
An overview shot of the East Village blaze shows that traffic has been halted as hundreds of firefighters continue to battle the fire.
An overview shot of the East Village blaze shows that traffic has been halted as hundreds of firefighters continue to battle the fire.
One person has been taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition while at least six more have been treated on the scene.
One person has been taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition while at least six more have been treated on the scene.
Smoke from an East Village blaze fills the New York City Skyline as the Empire State Building (l.) is nearly invisible. The blaze was supposedly caused by a gas leak that then triggered an explosion on March 26, 2015.
Smoke from an East Village blaze fills the New York City Skyline as the Empire State Building (l.) is nearly invisible. The blaze was supposedly caused by a gas leak that then triggered an explosion on March 26, 2015.
More than 130 firefighters from across the city rushed to the scene of a blaze in the East Village, caused by a possible gas leak in the Sushi Park restaurant on 2nd Ave.
More than 130 firefighters from across the city rushed to the scene of a blaze in the East Village, caused by a possible gas leak in the Sushi Park restaurant on 2nd Ave.
The building appears to be collapsing as firefighters quickly attempt to put out the fire at 121 2nd Ave. near E. 7th St. on March 26, 2015.
The building appears to be collapsing as firefighters quickly attempt to put out the fire at 121 2nd Ave. near E. 7th St. on March 26, 2015.
More than 130 firefighters from across the city rushed to the East Village to combat a fire that occurred after a possible gas leak explosion on March 26, 2015.
More than 130 firefighters from across the city rushed to the East Village to combat a fire that occurred after a possible gas leak explosion on March 26, 2015.
Smoke from an East Village building fire is seen from across the Hudson River on March 26, 2015. New York City is barely visible after smoke has filled the foggy air.
Smoke from an East Village building fire is seen from across the Hudson River on March 26, 2015. New York City is barely visible after smoke has filled the foggy air.
More than 130 firefighters have rushed to the scene of a fire in the East Village after a reported gas leak caused an explosion.
More than 130 firefighters have rushed to the scene of a fire in the East Village after a reported gas leak caused an explosion.
An NYPD officer arrives with K-9 unit to the scene of a seven alarm fire in the East Village. So far there have been at least 25 people injured while four of them are in critical condition.
An NYPD officer arrives with K-9 unit to the scene of a seven alarm fire in the East Village. So far there have been at least 25 people injured while four of them are in critical condition.
Most of the building on 2nd Ave. and East 7th Street has collapsed due to a fire that was triggered by a possible gas explosion on March 26, 2015.
Most of the building on 2nd Ave. and East 7th Street has collapsed due to a fire that was triggered by a possible gas explosion on March 26, 2015.
Neighbors reported hearing a loud boom before a building on Second Ave. near Saint Marks Place went up in flames on March 26, 2015.
Neighbors reported hearing a loud boom before a building on Second Ave. near Saint Marks Place went up in flames on March 26, 2015.
More than 130 firefighters have rushed to the scene of the fire to combat ragain flames after an explosion at an East Village restaurant on March 26, 2015.
More than 130 firefighters have rushed to the scene of the fire to combat raging flames after an explosion at an East Village restaurant on March 26, 2015.
Smoke billows into the sky as firefighters continue to battle a blaze at an East Village building on March 26, 2015.
Smoke billows into the sky as firefighters continue to battle a blaze at an East Village building on March 26, 2015.
Smoke continues to bellow out of a building in the East Village after an explosion caused a raging fire at 121 Second Ave. near St. Mark's Place on March 26, 2015.
Smoke continues to bellow out of a building in the East Village after an explosion caused a raging fire at 121 Second Ave. near St. Mark’s Place on March 26, 2015.
An overview shot shows hundreds of firefighters on the scene of a fire in the East Village. The fire was believed to have been caused by a gas leak in the Sushi Park restaurant on March 26, 2015.
An overview shot shows hundreds of firefighters on the scene of a fire in the East Village. The fire was believed to have been caused by a gas leak in the Sushi Park restaurant on March 26, 2015.
Bystanders watch at firefighters combat a raging fire located on 2nd Avenue near East 7th Street in Manhattan on March 26, 2015.
Bystanders watch at firefighters combat a raging fire located on 2nd Avenue near East 7th Street in Manhattan on March 26, 2015.
Smoke continues to pour out of an East Village building after a possible gas leak caused an explosion at 121 Second Ave. on March 26, 2015.
Smoke continues to pour out of an East Village building after a possible gas leak caused an explosion at 121 Second Ave. on March 26, 2015.
An East Village building has collapsed after a possible gas leak caused an explosion at Sushi Park restaurant on March 26, 2015.
An East Village building has collapsed after a possible gas leak caused an explosion at Sushi Park restaurant on March 26, 2015.
An FDNY spokesman said the 911 call was for a partial building collapse on 2nd Avenue near East 7th Street in Manhattan on March 26, 2015.
An FDNY spokesman said the 911 call was for a partial building collapse on 2nd Avenue near East 7th Street in Manhattan on March 26, 2015.
A possible gas leak on 2nd Avenue and East 7th Street caused an explosion in the East Village on March 26, 2015.
A possible gas leak on 2nd Avenue and East 7th Street caused an explosion in the East Village on March 26, 2015.
Smoke continues to pour out of a building in the East Village after a reported gas leak caused an explosion in a restaurant at 121 Second Ave. and East 7th Street.
Smoke continues to pour out of a building in the East Village after a reported gas leak caused an explosion in a restaurant at 121 Second Ave. and East 7th Street.
Firefighters battle a fire after an explosion on 2nd Avenue in the East Village of Manhattan on March 26, 2015.
Firefighters battle a fire after an explosion on 2nd Avenue in the East Village of Manhattan on March 26, 2015.
First responders are seen at a fire on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City. The seven alarm fire drew firefighters from across the city.
First responders are seen at a fire on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City. The seven alarm fire drew firefighters from across the city.
A seven alarm fire at 121 Second Ave. rips through an old brownstone building as firefighters continue to battle the blaze on March 26, 2015.
A seven alarm fire at 121 Second Ave. rips through an old brownstone building as firefighters continue to battle the blaze on March 26, 2015.
At least six people have been treated at the scene of a fire in the East Village triggered by an explosion. Investigators believe that the fire was caused by a gas leak in the Sushi Park restaurant at 121 Second Ave.
At least six people have been treated at the scene of a fire in the East Village triggered by an explosion. Investigators believe that the fire was caused by a gas leak in the Sushi Park restaurant at 121 Second Ave.

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