The body of a second victim was recovered Saturday from the rubble of a South Philadelphia fire that tore through a rowhome earlier in the week.
The victim has not been identified.
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On Friday, officials revealed that an “undermined” street prevented them from digging out the bodies after the explosion and fire rocked multiple homes in South Philadelphia.
The disaster occurred three blocks from the iconic Pat's and Geno's steak shops about 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
“The street has been undermined,” Philadelphia Fire Commissioner and Emergency Management director Adam Thiel said, possibly because of the "hundreds of thousands" of gallons of water used to extinguish the flames. On Thursday, he said a sinkhole had begun to appear in the area.
The fear of further collapses stymied the recovery process, Thiel added, especially because two other homes were severely structurally damaged in the blaze. Those homes may have to be knocked down to allow crews to work, he said.
The explosion happened shortly before noon Thursday. Firefighters raced to save nearby homes as flames tore through the structures.
The destruction was immediate and created smoke plumes that were visible from miles away. Thiel said the fire was "gas-fed."
Fire officials told NBC10 that they had received numerous calls reporting an explosion prior to the blaze, but an exact cause of the fire remains unknown.
Some 60 people were displaced from their homes following the blaze. Those people were asked to call 1-800-RED-CROSS for assistance.