Two bodies found at NY gas explosion wreckage

The gas explosion in a sushi restaurant caused a massive fire that demolished three buildings.

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) officials check debris after a fire in New York's East Village on 27 March 2015. Picture: FDNY via Twitter

NEW YORK - The bodies of two people have been found in the wreckage of an explosion that shook New York's East Village on Thursday.

The gas explosion in a sushi restaurant caused a massive fire that demolished three buildings.

PICTURE: The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) officials battle a blaze that flared up in New York's East Village

The bodies of 23-year-old Neal Figueroa, who was on a date at the sushi restaurant, and 27-year-old Moises Ismael Locón Yac, who was the bus boy there, were found on Sunday afternoon.

Before the news, Figueroa's brother was seen at the site of the rubble throwing white roses and urging friends not to give up hope.

_ PICTURES: The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) officials check debris after a fire in New York's East Village_.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion which may have been caused by work being done on a gas line.

Pictures: @FDNY via Twitter