At least 5 people killed in house explosion in Pennsylvania
At least five people were killed, including four children, and two others were taken to area hospitals when a house exploded in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Thursday evening, CBS Philadelphia reports. The station reported that crews are still spraying water on the house as neighbors try to collect the debris.
The victims were identified as Francine White, 67; Alana Wood, 13; Jeremiah White, 12; Nehemiah White, 10; and Tristan White, 8. Eugene White, 44, and Kristina Matuzsan, 32, were injured and remain in critical condition at nearby hospitals, police said in a press release Friday afternoon.
Everyone who was in the home has been accounted for, police said.
Three homes were destroyed in the explosion, according to CBS Philly. Kerri Corrado of CBS Philly reports that the blast sent debris and dry wall into neighboring yards.
A man who lives nearby heard a loud bang and felt the impact.
“I was in my room chilling,” Kaleef Blackwood told CBS Philly. “I was upstairs when I heard a loud boom, like a bomb going off or something.” It just shaken the entire house. “
The town’s schools will be closed Friday.
Montgomery County officials believe a gas explosion started the fire, CBS Philly reports. The incident is still being investigated by authorities.
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