TODAY | March 13, 2014
>> the death toll is rising from a tragic explosion here in new york city . this morning crews are still searching through the rubble for still others who are missing. katie is at the scene. good morning.
>> reporter: good morning, tamron. you can still see the smoke from this charred pit behind me. police believe it was a gas leak that caused this. it shook the earth for blocks and shattered window, leaving six dead, a number injured and many unaccounted for. two buildings turned to rubble in an instant.
>> it sounded like a bomb went off.
>> we thought the train had slowed.
>> reporter: an explosion sent people on this busy new york city street running for cover. on the first floors, a church and piano store. above them, 15 apartments. family members frantic to find missing family members.
>> we just want to know if he's all right and the dog, too. i just want him alive, i just want to find him. if you're listening, george, please, if you're outside or whatever, please.
>> this is a tragedy of the worst kind because there was no indication in time to save people.
>> reporter: six people confirmed dead , including 22-year-old rosearia and others. con-edison was called about a gas leak 15 minutes before the scenario. this man said he smelled gas tuesday and it was worth a month ago.
>> that's when it was worse, we couldn't enter the building.
>> reporter: the fire that is burning underneath that rubble is now finally out, allowing rescue and recovery operations to get in there. and investigators will finally be able to get in