A snowstorm that blanketed Kansas City, Mo., Thursday slowed the investigation into a deadly natural gas explosion, as well as efforts to identify the person who died in the blast, officials said.
The Kansas City Fire Department, which finished its on-site investigation Wednesday afternoon, planned to release a report next week on what caused the fatal blast Tuesday that injured several people and destroyed JJ’s restaurant, department spokesman James Garrett told the Los Angeles Times. He declined to comment on whether the cause was accidental.
Investigators from the ATF and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, who are assisting firefighters with the case, were still at the scene Thursday, Garrett said, adding that "the snow hampered some of the investigation."
The identity of the body pulled from the charred debris hadn’t been released by Thursday evening, the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office said.