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Search continues for Kansas City restaurant worker after massive blast

A downtown restaurant was leveled following a gas explosion Tuesday night. Rescue crews are on the scene, trying to find one person unaccounted for.

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Firefighters on the scene of a gas explosion and massive fire Tuesday night, Feb. 19, 2013 at JJ's restaurant at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

Tammy Ljungblad, The Kansas City Star/AP

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With a massive storm bearing down on the city, fire and rescue crews searched Wednesday for the lone person who has been missing since a large gas explosion destroyed a popular Kansas City restaurant.

The storm due to reach Kansas City by Wednesday night could dump as much as 10 inches of snow on the city, adding even greater urgency to the effort to find a female employee who was last seen before the Tuesday evening blast and inferno that turned JJ's restaurant into blackened ruins.

The explosion, which remained under investigation but was believed to be accidental, was felt for nearly a mile around the restaurant, shattering glass in nearby buildings and sending an ominous smoke plume above Country Club Plaza, a popular outdoor shopping and dining district.

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At least 14 people were hurt, including seven that remain hospitalized Wednesday. Two of them were in critical condition Wednesday morning, while others were treated and released.

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