- Aug 29, 2022
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Two people were killed and nine are unaccounted for after an explosion and fire at R.M. Palmer Company in West Reading, officials reported Friday night.
2 dead in explosion at West Reading chocolate factoryTwo people are dead and nine are unaccounted for after an explosion and fire at R.M. Palmer Company on South Second Avenue in West Reading.www.wfmz.com
The explosion happened around 4:57 p.m. Friday at the company's chocolate factory on South Second Avenue. Officials say the explosion was followed by a fire and then a secondary explosion.
PEMA says a gas leak was potentially the cause of the explosion, but that has not yet been confirmed.
Norfolk Southern, which runs in back of the factory, can bypass the area by going through the city of Reading, for trains to Philadelphia. Trains going to Allentown and North Jersey aren't affected.
40°20'03.9"N 75°56'31.3"W · 17 S 2nd Ave, West Reading, PA 1961117 S 2nd Ave, West Reading, PA 19611www.google.com
RIP to the victims.