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PROBERS SIFT THROUGH POWER PLANT RUBBLE

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Investigators Saturday sifted through the charred rubble surrounding a Bronx power plant, trying to reconstruct events leading up to a massive gas explosion that killed two people and injured scores of others.

Consolidated Edison sent a team of experts to its Hellgate power facility, where more than 100 utility repairmen were working to fix five electricity feeders damaged in the spectacular Friday afternoon blast.The thunderous explosion, apparently touched off when a Con Ed worker backed a backhoe into an exposed gas line, sent bright orange flames surrounded by plumes of thick black smoke hundreds of feet into the air.

The monstrous blaze forced the utility to shut off electricity service for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers Friday, paralyzing subway service for evening rush hour commuters.