From the Daily News:
A family that lost its Floral Park home in last month's deadly Con Edison gas explosion was allowed back inside Thursday to salvage their belongings.
Vita and Stanley Barth had been pushing city officials to let them back into their 260th St. home of 51 years following the April 24 blast.
"We're literally sifting through ashes with rakes in our hands to find anything of value to us," said the couple's son, Larry Barth, 47, of New Hyde Park, L.I. "It gives our parents something to hold onto."
The family was especially keen to recover Vita Barth's artwork and a collection of Jewish artifacts - some more than 200 years old.