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Four people are dead and two are missing after house exploded in suburban Pennsylvania

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Four people have been killed and two are missing after the Pennsylvania house exploded and two other properties were destroyed: A resident of the area claims it reeked of gas recently

  • Officials confirmed in a news conference that the explosion happened just after 8 p.m. in Pottstown, about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
  • Two others were hospitalized, Keller said. Their terms are unknown
  • It is not immediately known what caused the explosion
  • Police have not yet released names of those killed or injured in the explosion. No additional details have been released
  • People living in the area claim to have heard a loud explosion then came out to see a number of houses damaged or destroyed

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At least four people have died and two more are missing after a house explosion in a northwest Pennsylvania suburb, authorities said.

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

The incident took place at a residence on Washington Street and Butler Avenue. First responders arrived on the scene just after 7 p.m. after a call for an explosion.

Two others were hospitalized, Keller said. Their condition is unknown.

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

A local post on a Facebook group for the area claimed that the area had smelled strongly of gas several weeks ago, but there is no confirmation that the explosion was gas-related.

At least four people have died and two more may be missing after a house explosion in a northwest Pennsylvania suburb, authorities said.

At least four people have died and two more may be missing after a house explosion in a northwest Pennsylvania suburb, authorities said.

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

The incident took place at a residence on Washington Street and Butler Avenue.  First responders arrived just after 7pm after a call for an explosion

The incident took place at a residence on Washington Street and Butler Avenue.  First responders arrived on the scene just after 7 p.m. after a call for an explosion

The incident took place at a residence on Washington Street and Butler Avenue. First responders arrived just after 7pm after a call for an explosion

Police have not yet released names of those killed or injured in the explosion.

People living in the area claim to have heard a loud explosion and then came out to see a number of houses damaged or destroyed.

“I heard a huge explosion,” said Russell Noll, a resident NBC10 after the explosion. “I thought a bomb had exploded. I thought someone 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 to where the sirens and ambulance went and it was just a huge explosion around the whole area.”

Another resident, Ashley Miller, said she was sitting on her bed when the room’s back window flew out.

According to the Pottstown Mercury, two twin homes are said to have been destroyed.  It is not immediately known what caused the explosion

According to the Pottstown Mercury, two twin homes are said to have been destroyed.  It is not immediately known what caused the explosion

According to the Pottstown Mercury, two twin homes are said to have been destroyed. It is not immediately known what caused the explosion

Police have not yet released names of those killed or injured in the explosion.  No additional details have been released

Police have not yet released names of those killed or injured in the explosion.  No additional details have been released

Police have not yet released names of those killed or injured in the explosion. No additional details have been released

“We thought either an earthquake was going on or someone had crashed into the building,” another neighbor, Katie Washabaugh, told Fox 29

The local fire brigade and police, as well as the state police, the ATF and the Red Cross are still on the scene as the investigation is still ongoing.

Schools in Pottstown – with about 22,000 inhabitants – were canceled for all students on Friday.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families,” Chief Inspector Stephen Rodriguez wrote. “When schools open again, our counselors and psychologists will be ready for support.”