Pottstown House explosion leaves 5 dead and 2 injured: Officials – CBS Philly

POTTSTOWN, Pennsylvania (CBS) — An explosion at a house in Pottstown on Thursday evening killed five people and injured two others. The death toll rose from four to five on Friday.

Officials say one of the victims is in a critical but stable condition and one is currently undergoing surgery. The details of their injuries are unknown at this time.

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Officials say more details about the victims will be released once their families are notified.

Pottstown officials say they believe all people have been counted after saying two people were missing on Thursday.

Pottstown House explosion leaves 5 dead and 2 injured: officials

Fire officials say they believe the explosion was an “isolated incident” and there is no greater risk to the community. Eight houses were damaged by the blast, including two that were completely destroyed.

The crew has been on site around the clock, as the investigation must map the entire area. The area is treated like a crime scene until they find evidence that says otherwise.

Firefighters were first called to Washington Street and Butler Avenue in Pottstown around 8 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they found that a house had exploded, causing a fire with two alarms, and several people needed medical attention.

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The Pottstown Police Department is leading the investigation with help from the Philadelphia Police Department, the ATF and Pa State Police Arson.

Pottstown House explosion leaves 5 dead and 2 injured: officials

School was canceled across the Pottstown borough on Friday and anyone affected by this explosion is being told to attend Pottstown Senior High school to get help from the Red Cross.

Despite all the damage, many of the neighbors Eyewitness News spoke to are especially concerned about how families have been affected by this tragedy.

“Smoking a cigar outside and then a bomb went off,” said a neighbor. “Just dust, debris, flying houses everywhere, an air conditioner in the yard. So I came out and looked and there’s not a house left. The whole twin is gone.”

The incident is still under investigation and the cause of the explosion is unknown.

Officials are asking community members to avoid the area while they investigate.

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Ross DiMattei and Kerri Corrado of CBS3 contributed to this report.

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