Pennsylvania Natural Gas Explosion Leaves One Person Dead

By: Bill Waters - Staff Writer
Feb 10, 2021

Pennsylvania Natural Gas Explosion. A Pennsylvania Natural Gas Explosion leaves at least one person dead. In addition, it leveled two houses, spawned fires that burned for more than seven hours and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people.

The victim lived in a two-story row house in a downtown residential neighborhood that blew up about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, police Chief Roger MacClean said. A couple in their 70s lived in the home. However, the condition of the body prevented positive identification, fire Chief Robert Scheirer stated.

There are still at least five people who have not been found. The cause of the explosion has not been released. The blaze was put out early Thursday, delayed by the difficulty of digging through packed layers of snow and ice to a ruptured underground gas line that was feeding the flames, he added.

In all, 500 to 600 people were evacuated. They had been taken to a Jewish community center and an agricultural hall at the city’s fairgrounds while emergency crews worked overnight. They were allowed to return to their homes on Thursday.

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