Pottstown, Pennsylvania, house explosion kills five

A home explosion killed five people Thursday night in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Pottstown Borough Superintendent Justin Keller provided the updated tally to the media at a Friday afternoon news conference. Two other people were injured in the blast and taken to hospital. One of them is in critical but stable condition. The other injured person was operated on Friday afternoon. Officials said Thursday night there were also two people missing, but at Friday’s press conference Keller said that was no longer the case and everyone had been accounted for. The explosion happened just after 8 p.m. at a house in the Washington Street and Butler Avenue area. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear, but officials said they believe it was an isolated incident. Police have yet to release the names of the victims. The blast damaged several other homes in the borough of Pottstown and forced about 60 people from their homes. Any affected resident in need of assistance can report to Pottstown High School. An investigation is underway by the Pottstown Borough Police Department. Stay with WGAL for updates on this developing story. Police Statement Pottstown Police released the following statement on their website: “On Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 8:07 p.m. Pottstown Fire Department, EMS and Police were dispatched to the area of Washington Street and Butler Avenue for an explosion in a house. Emergency services arrived on the scene to find a house that had exploded with several victims requiring medical attention. “We can confirm that there are currently four ( 4) dead and two (2) people were transported to regional hospitals for treatment. We are receiving information that there may still be two (2) people missing. The fire department, EMS and police remain at the scene along with several other outside agencies including the ATF, the PSP Office of the Fire Marshal and the Red Cross. in Pottstown. The Red Cross will be on hand to provide assistance. “This is an ongoing investigation. Information is still being obtained and will be released as it becomes available. “A further press briefing will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022.”

A house explosion killed five people Thursday night in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

Pottstown Borough Superintendent Justin Keller provided the updated death toll to media at a news conference Friday afternoon.

Two other people were injured in the blast and taken to hospital.

  • One of them is in critical but stable condition.
  • The other injured was in surgery Friday afternoon.

Officials said Thursday evening that there were also two people missing, but at Friday’s press conference Keller said that was no longer the case and everyone had been found.

The explosion happened just after 8 p.m. at a house in the Washington Street and Butler Avenue area.

It is not yet clear what caused the explosion, but officials said they believe it was an isolated incident.

Police have yet to release the names of the victims.

The blast damaged several other homes in the borough of Pottstown and forced about 60 people from their homes.

Any concerned resident in need of assistance can come to Pottstown High School.

An investigation is underway by the Pottstown Borough Police Department.

Stay with WGAL for updates on this developing story.


Police statement

Pottstown Police released the following statement on their website:

“On Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 8:07 p.m., Pottstown Fire, EMS and Police were dispatched to the Washington Street and Butler Avenue area to an explosion in a home. Emergency services arrived at the scene to find an exploded house with multiple victims requiring medical attention.

“We can confirm that there are currently four (4) deaths and that two (2) people have been transported to regional hospitals for treatment. We are receiving information that there may still be two (2) people The Fire Department, EMS and Police remain at the scene along with several other outside agencies including ATF, PSP Fire Marshal’s Office and Red Cross.

“Any concerned resident who requires assistance should report to Pottstown High School at 750 N. Washington Street in Pottstown. The Red Cross will be on hand to provide assistance.

“This is an ongoing investigation. Information is still being obtained and will be released as it becomes available.

“Another press briefing will take place at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022.”

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