POTTSTOWN, Pa. – Authorities keep on browsing for what was behind an explosion that remaining 5 folks dead, two people today wounded and leveled twin properties on Hale Street in Pottstown past Thursday.

A makeshift memorial sits in opposition to a fence that surrounds the pile of rubble which is left. Particles is nevertheless stuck in close by trees, and ruined vehicles stay on the street.

Photographs: Deadly household explosion in Pottstown

Utility crews returned to the scene, as nicely as neighbors like Beatriz Santos, whose household subsequent door is now condemned.

“It can be tragic, you know, all the way all-around,” Santos stated.

Santos’ property up coming to exactly where the explosion took put is condemned. She explained she was in a car or truck nearby with her sister when she read it. 

She claims her son, as nicely as her pets, were being inside at the time.

“I imagined he was at function, so when I obtained below, he is hanging out the window,” she stated.

Santos stated her son was Ok, and neighbors held up a ladder to get him down due to the fact the stairs were being absent.

“I consider he is a minimal shook up mainly because he was inside of and he felt it,” she said. “He said it felt like it went by him.”

“Immediately after I could see through the smoke and all the debris, and I noticed that my property experienced a hole in it, all I could feel was I bought to go verify it out and see what’s heading on,” she added.

Authorities said 4 young children and a lady had been killed in the explosion. A makeshift memorial with bouquets and stuffed animals sits from the fence. According to a GoFundMe, the mothers and fathers are in the hospital.

Pottstown house explosion debris and collapsed roof scene

Firefighters stand amongst parts of Pottstown house blown apart in an explosion.

“I just are not able to believe this happened,” Santos said. “Which is a disgrace.”

As for Santos, she explained she has been keeping at a motel and awaiting word on what is up coming.

“All Pink Cross did was give us was $515 for four people today to go and attempt to find someplace to go for a several nights,” she said. “Are you kidding me? Which is not heading to enable.”

PECO says it is aiding authorities in the investigation.

In the meantime, thousands of pounds in donations go on to pour in from the community to the household of those who died, with the GoFundMe web page possessing elevated far more than $25,000 so considerably.


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By Kelli