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Pottstown Blast: A house explosion in Pennsylvania killed at least 5 people

At least five people, including four children, were killed in a house explosion in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, on Thursday night, and two more were taken to area hospitals, CBS Philadelphia reports. The teams are still spraying water at home as neighbors try to pick up the pieces, the station said on Friday.

Francine White, 67, was identified as the victim; Alana Wood, 13; Jeremiah White, 12; Nehemia White, 10; and Tristan White, 8. Eugene White, 44, and Kristina Matuzsan, 32, were injured and in critical condition at nearby hospitals, police said in a press release Friday afternoon.

All those who have been in the house have been taken into account, the police said.

A house exploded in Pottstown, Pennsylvania on May 26, 2022. CBS Philly

According to CBS Philly, three homes were destroyed in the explosion. The blast threw debris, including a drywall, into neighboring yards, reports CBS Philly Kerri Corrado.

The home that exploded in Pottstown is still glowing far away. The impact of the explosion was so strong that there was debris and drywall in other nearby yards. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/u8UxQOyOo6

– Kerri Corrado (@KerriCorrado) May 27, 2022

The man living nearby heard a loud bang and was struck.

“I was in my room and cooling off,” Kaleef Blackwood told CBS Philly. “I was upstairs and the next thing you know, I just heard a big boom like a bomb or something. It just shook the whole house.”

The city’s schools will be closed on Friday.

Montgomery County officials say the fire started with a gas explosion, CBS Philly reports. Authorities are still at the scene and are investigating.

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