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Fire Department’s report on JJ’s explosion is expected next week

Updated: 2013-11-22T15:49:36Z

By LYNN HORSLEY and ALAN BAVLEY

The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Fire Department expects to issue a report next week on the origin, cause and property loss estimate of the explosion near the Country Club Plaza, a spokesman said Thursday.

The fire marshal concluded work Wednesday afternoon at the scene of the disaster, JJ’s restaurant at 910 W. 48th St., and will have a report soon, said fire spokesman James Garrett.

But a more extensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the natural gas explosion will be conducted by the Missouri Public Service Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Public Service Commission, which regulates the natural gas utility, has dispatched five people to Kansas City for an inquiry that could take months.

A huge natural-gas-fueled explosion rocked the Plaza at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday, leveling JJ’s and killing one person.

The Jackson County medical examiner’s office said Thursday it could not release the victim’s formal identification, but the family of a missing server at JJ’s fears the body recovered is that of Megan Cramer, 46. The medical examiner’s office would not say when a positive identification might be made.

One injured patient was released Thursday from the University of Kansas Hospital.

Remaining at KU Hospital were three burn unit patients — one in critical condition, one in serious condition and one in fair condition — and a fourth trauma patient in serious condition.

Another explosion-injured patient remained Thursday at St. Luke’s Hospital in serious condition.

To reach Lynn Horsley, call 816-226-2058 or send email to lhorsley@kcstar.com.

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