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Kansas City eateries go to bat for restaurant destroyed in gas blast

Ed Zurga / AP file

Investigators look down a hole in an alley near JJ's Restaurant after an explosion destroyed the establishment Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Kansas City, Mo.

More than 70 restaurants in Kansas City, Mo., have pledged to donate part of the Saturday receipts to support employees of the restaurant that was destroyed in a massive gas explosion this week.

The explosion Tuesday killed one person, who hasn't been identified, and injured 15 others. One person remained in critical condition Friday, NBC station KSHB of Kansas City reported.

The support effort for the staff of JJ's Restaurant was organized by the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association, which posted details on its Facebook page. By late Friday, the list of restaurants promising to donate 10 percent of their sales Saturday had grown to 74, KSHB reported.

JJ's, a Kansas City institution since 1985, was widely regarded as one of the premier dining locations in the Midwest, earning a 93 rating from Zagat's. The restaurant's wine cellar had been listed by The Wine Spectator as among the finest in the world.

You can watch the blast as it happened in this surveillance video obtained by KSHB:

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