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May 26, 2022 11:41 PM

House Explosion in area of Hale St and Butler Ave

On Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 8:07pm, the Pottstown Fire Department, EMS, and Police were dispatched to the area of Hale Street and Butler Avenue for a house explosion. Emergency services arrived on scene to find a house that exploded with multiple victims needing medical care.

We can confirm that there are four (4) fatalities at this time, and two (2) people were transported to regional hospitals for treatment. We are receiving information that there may still be two (2) people unaccounted for. The Fire Department, EMS, and Police remain on scene along with several other outside agencies including ATF, PSP Fire Marshal's Office, and Red Cross.

Any affected resident who needs assistance should go to the Pottstown Senior High School at 750 N. Washington Street in Pottstown. Red Cross will be on site providing assistance.

This is an ongoing investigation. Information is still being obtained and will be disseminated once we have it available.

Another press briefing will be held at 12pm on Friday, May 27, 2022.

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Latest Update:

June 2, 2022 3:45 PM

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 2, 2022 – 3:30 p.m.

 

Pottstown, PA (June 2, 2022): The investigation into the explosion that occurred on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 453 Hale Street in the Borough of Pottstown remains active. The Pottstown Police Department, ATF Philadelphia Field Division, and Pennsylvania State Police are working jointly to determine the cause of the explosion.

 

Since this is an active investigation, no further comments can or will be made at this time by the Borough of Pottstown or Montgomery County Department of Public Safety officials. Future updates will be provided via press release when available.

 

Information for Pottstown Borough Residents

 

Property inspections within the affected area are complete. If your property is OUTSIDE of the affected area, inspections are being offered as a courtesy to residents. In order to determine the full assessment of damage that may exist on a property, residents are required to go through their homeowner’s insurance company.

 

Contact the Licensing and Inspections Department at lniadmin@pottstown.org or via phone at (610) 970-6520 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to schedule an appointment for a courtesy inspection. All inquiries from Borough residents must include a name, property address, and contact information.

  

 Residents with further questions should contact the Emergency Operations Center at EOC@pottstown.org.

 

Note to media: Please do not attempt to contact Borough Departments or Officials as no comments will be provided regarding the ongoing investigation.

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Prior Updates

June 1, 2022 4:53 PM

On Thursday, June 2, 2022, beginning at 8:30 AM, the Pottstown Borough Licensing and Inspections Department will continue canvassing the neighborhood to inspect structures in the affected area.  Inspections in the affected area are expected to be nearly complete by end of day June 2. 


If your residence is OUTSIDE the initial affected area, inspection appointments are being offered. Please refer to the “affected area map” and appointment instructions below.  


All inspections are being done as a courtesy to residents. In order to determine the full assessment of damage that may exist on the properties residents are required to go through their homeowners insurance company. 


The Borough inspection process consists of assessing and documenting the structural integrity of your residence.  While some level of notation can be made from the outside of the structure, these inspections are only comprehensive if the homeowner is willing to permit inspectors inside of the structure.  


If you are not available to meet with the team on Thursday, June 2, or if your residence is outside of the affected area, please contact the Licensing and Inspections Department to set-up an appointment.  They can be reached from 7:30am-4pm at lniadmin@pottstown.org or via phone at (610) 970-6520. All inquiries must include contact name, property address, and contact information.


All other resident and press inquiries regarding the May 26th event should be directed to EOC@pottstown.org .


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May 31, 2022 5:35 PM

The Pottstown Borough Licensing and Inspections Department, along with the fire department, will be in the affected area tomorrow, June 1, 2022, beginning at 8:30am.  (Please see the map below for the affected area).  They will be assessing the structural integrity of your residence and documenting any issues found.   


If you are not available to meet with them tomorrow, please contact the Licensing and Inspections Department to set-up an appointment.  They can be reached from 7:30am-4pm at lniadmin@pottstown.org or via phone at (610) 970-6520. 


We are concentrating on the immediate area surrounding the site. Once these properties have been inspected, the area will be expanded outward. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process, contact Licensing and Inspections during regular business hours. All inquiries must include contact name, property address, and contact information in order to prioritize the expansion area. 


We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding while we work with all the agencies involved in this incident.  

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May 27, 2022 12:29 PM

On Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 8:07 pm, Pottstown Fire Department, EMS, and Police were dispatched to the area of Hale Street and Butler Avenue for a house explosion. Emergency services arrived on scene to find a house had exploded with multiple victims needing medical care.

At our 11pm briefing, four fatalities were confirmed. Unfortunately, this afternoon that number has increased to five. An additional two victims are receiving treatment at a regional trauma center. One is in critical, but stable condition. The other is currently in surgery for unknown injuries. We had also reported that two people may have been unaccounted for. However, based on the preliminary information from the investigation, we now believe that everyone has been accounted for. We ask that you respect the victims and families during this difficult time and give them the space they need. 

We are unable to provide additional information on the victims, as the family notification process is still ongoing. Additional information will be provided by the Police Department and the Coroner’s Office once it becomes available. 

Representatives from Pottstown Police, Fire Department, and EMS, as well as Philadelphia Arson and Explosive Team, and Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal’s Office have been working throughout the night and this morning to determine the cause and origin of the explosion. The investigation is ongoing and we do not have any additional details to provide at this time. The lead agency for this investigation is the Pottstown Police Department and they will provide updates when available. 

This is still an active emergency scene with numerous life safety hazards. We would ask that all members of the community avoid the area so that the investigators can continue their work. 

Red Cross representatives are at the Pottstown Senior High School, at 750 N. Washington Street to assist displaced residents.  We have received an overwhelming response from organizations and individuals looking to help. At this point, we do not need any further assistance with displaced families or help otherwise. Thank you for your support, prayers for victims and families, and offers to assist.

 All further information will be disseminated by press release.