A home in Pennsylvania exploded suddenly, leaving at least 5 people dead Saturday.
Footage of the tragic explosion was caught on a Ring doorbell from a neighboring home.
Four adults and one child were killed after the large explosion just before 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Several others were injured in the blast.
The cause of the explosion is still being investigated, but the Allegheny County deputy director of fire and emergency services warned that the investigation would likely be a “slow and long process.”
Our prayers go out to the victims and their families.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) August 14, 2023
Here’s the latest on this terrible accident from the Epoch Times:
Five people were found dead after a house explosion in western Pennsylvania that destroyed three structures and damaged at least a dozen others, authorities said Sunday.
Plum Borough Police Chief Lanny Conley said the bodies of four adults and one adolescent were recovered after the blast shortly before 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the borough, about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh.
“This is certainly a sad, sad day and a sad time, for not just the folks in Plum but all the folks in the community and in this region,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
Of the three people taken to hospitals, two were released while one remained in critical condition, said Steve Imbarlina, deputy director of fire and emergency services for Allegheny County. Fifty-seven firefighters were treated at the scene for minor issues.
Footage from a neighboring home’s Ring doorbell picked up the explosion:
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— VOZ (@Voz_US) August 13, 2023
Four people are dead and one person is missing after a house exploded in southwest Pennsylvania on Saturday morning, officials say. https://t.co/LIxm6m64kD
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 13, 2023
5 Dead, 3 Injured After House Explosion in Pennsylvania Destroys Several Homes https://t.co/JsBobrBvMq
— People (@people) August 14, 2023
Five people were found dead after a house explosion in western Pennsylvania that destroyed three structures and damaged at least a dozen others, authorities said Sunday. https://t.co/mB9R11uv0a
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) August 13, 2023
Newsmax has more details:
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to provide additional information about the deceased victims.
“Please give us some time to deal with this situation and give the families your respect and give them some space to deal with this tragedy,” Conley said.
Emergency responders reported people trapped under debris after the blast leveled one house and left two others engulfed in flames, county spokesperson Amie Downs said. Crews from at least 18 fire departments worked to douse the flames with the help of water tankers from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation by the county fire marshal’s office along with borough and county law enforcement. Imbarlina warned that the investigation would be a “slow and long process” that would include a lot of forensic testing and could last “months if not years.”
The aftermath from this disaster was a tragic sight.
Numerous Firefighters along with emergency personnels are currently on the scene of a three alarm fire following large… pic.twitter.com/wikrE80Q2s
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) August 12, 2023
Five people were killed in a deadly explosion that destroyed three homes and damaged several more in a neighborhood east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/r2FbeNPQWv
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) August 14, 2023