At least four people have been killed and another two people might still be missing after a house explosion in a suburb northwest of Pennsylvania, authorities said
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Four people are killed and two are missing after house EXPLODED in Pennsylvania and destroyed two other properties: One area resident claims area recently reeked of gas

  • Officials confirmed in a press conference that the explosion occurred just after 8 p.m. in Pottstown, about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia 
  • Two others were hospitalized, Keller said. Their conditions are unknown 
  • It is not immediately known what caused the explosion 
  • Police have not yet named those who were killed or injured in the explosion. No additional details have been released 
  • People who live in the neighborhood claim to have heard a loud blast and then came out to see a bunch of homes either damaged or destroyed 

At least four people have been killed and another two people are missing after a house explosion in a suburb northwest of Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Pottstown Borough Manager Justin Keller confirmed in a press conference that the explosion occurred just after 8 p.m. in Pottstown, about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The incident occurred at a home on Washington Street and Butler Avenue. First responders arrived on the scene just after 7 p.m., following a call for an explosion. 

Two others were hospitalized, Keller said. Their conditions are unknown.

A pair of twin homes were reported to have been destroyed, according to the Pottstown Mercury. It is not immediately known what caused the explosion. 

One local posting on a Facebook group for the area claimed the area had smelt strongly of gas several weeks ago, but there has been no confirmation that the explosion was gas-related.  

At least four people have been killed and another two people might still be missing after a house explosion in a suburb northwest of Pennsylvania, authorities said

At least four people have been killed and another two people might still be missing after a house explosion in a suburb northwest of Pennsylvania, authorities said

Pottstown Borough Manager Justin Keller (pictured) confirmed in a press conference that the explosion occurred just after 8 p.m. in Pottstown, about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia

Pottstown Borough Manager Justin Keller (pictured) confirmed in a press conference that the explosion occurred just after 8 p.m. in Pottstown, about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia

The incident occurred at a home on Washington Street and Butler Avenue. First responders arrived on the scene just after 7 p.m., following a call for an explosion

The incident occurred at a home on Washington Street and Butler Avenue. First responders arrived on the scene just after 7 p.m., following a call for an explosion

Police have not yet named those who were killed or injured in the explosion. 

People who live in the neighborhood claim to have heard a loud blast and then came out to see a bunch of homes either damaged or destroyed.  

‘I heard a huge explosion,’ Russell Noll, a resident, said NBC10 after the explosion. ‘I thought a bomb went off. I thought somebody dropped a bomb somewhere. And then all the sirens started going off. And it wasn’t too far from where I lived.’ 

‘So I started walking towards where the sirens and ambulance were going and it was just a huge explosion around the whole area.’

Another resident, Ashley Miller, said she was sitting on her bed when the back window of the room blew out.

A pair of twin homes were reported to have been destroyed, according to the Pottstown Mercury . It is not immediately known what caused the explosion

A pair of twin homes were reported to have been destroyed, according to the Pottstown Mercury . It is not immediately known what caused the explosion

Police have not yet named those who were killed or injured in the explosion. No additional details have been released

Police have not yet named those who were killed or injured in the explosion. No additional details have been released

‘We thought that either an earthquake was happening or that someone crashed into the building,’ said another neighbor, Katie Washabaugh, to Fox 29.  

Local fire and police, as well as state police, the ATF and the Red Cross are still at the seen, as the investigation is ongoing. 

Schools in Pottstown – which has about 22,000 residents – has been canceled for all students Friday.  

‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families,’ Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez wrote. ‘When schools open again, our counselors and psychologists will be available to provide support.’

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