5 people, including a child, are dead after an explosion destroys 3 homes and damages 12 others

by Ethan Kim

Five individuals, including an adolescent, lost their lives when an explosion occurred in western Pennsylvania, demolishing three homes and causing damage to twelve more, according to information provided by the authorities on Sunday.

Police Chief Lanny Conley of Plum Borough stated that the explosion happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in the borough, approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Pittsburgh. Four adults and one child were found dead after the incident.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald expressed profound sorrow, stating, “This is undeniably a tragic day and a sorrowful time, not just for the residents of Plum but for the entire community and region.”

Three victims were taken to hospitals, of whom two were discharged, and one person is still in critical condition, as reported by Steve Imbarlina, Allegheny County’s deputy director of fire and emergency services. Fifty-seven firefighters received treatment at the scene for minor problems.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office will be releasing more details regarding the deceased.

Police Chief Conley requested the public to provide space and respect to the families as they cope with this calamity.

According to county spokesperson Amie Downs, people were found trapped under the debris after the explosion leveled one house and set two others on fire. Assistance from at least 18 fire departments, along with water tankers from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, helped to extinguish the flames.

The county fire marshal’s office, together with local and county law enforcement, is investigating the cause of the explosion. Imbarlina emphasized that the inquiry would be exhaustive, involving extensive forensic testing, and could take “months if not years.”

Peoples Gas president, Michael Huwar, noted that the company’s checks for gas leaks and consistent pressure at regulation stations indicated that their system was functioning as intended.

In response to the incident, gas and electric service were turned off. On Sunday, officials unveiled a plan to start restoring services, with electricity expected to be reconnected to nearly all residences.

Governor Josh Shapiro expressed his sympathy, assuring the affected families of support, saying that he and the first lady were “praying for the families” and promising them that “as you rebuild, we will have your back.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about explosion

What happened in the explosion in western Pennsylvania?

An explosion occurred in western Pennsylvania, killing five people, including an adolescent, and destroying three homes. Additionally, twelve other structures were damaged.

Who were the victims of the explosion?

The victims were four adults and one adolescent, whose bodies were recovered after the blast.

What is being done to investigate the explosion?

The cause of the explosion is being investigated by the county fire marshal’s office along with borough and county law enforcement. The investigation includes forensic testing and could last months or even years.

How many homes were destroyed or damaged in the explosion?

Three homes were completely destroyed, and at least twelve others were damaged.

Were there any indications of a gas leak?

Michael Huwar, president of Peoples Gas, stated that the company’s checks for gas leaks underground and in the air indicated that their system was operating as designed.

What was the response from emergency services?

Emergency responders, including crews from at least 18 fire departments, worked to douse the flames. Fifty-seven firefighters were treated at the scene for minor issues, and people trapped under debris were reported.

What support has been offered to the affected families?

Gov. Josh Shapiro expressed his sympathy and support, promising the affected families that “as you rebuild, we will have your back.” Additionally, plans were in place to restore gas and electric service to the affected area.

More about explosion

  • News report on Pennsylvania explosion
  • Allegheny County explosion investigation
  • Statement from Gov. Josh Shapiro on Pennsylvania explosion

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Mike92 August 14, 2023 - 5:02 am

i’m from Plum, this is realy close to home. Scary to think about. what’s being done for the people who lost their homes?

SaraH_J August 14, 2023 - 5:08 am

is it a gas leak that caused the explosion? seems like the gas company says everything was working fine! How come?

DianaT August 14, 2023 - 6:08 am

God bless the firefighters and first responders. Fifty seven treated for minor issues, imagine what could’ve happened!

John Smith August 14, 2023 - 7:33 am

That’s terrible news, can’t believe so many homes were destroyed, prayers for the famlies affected.

Timothy August 14, 2023 - 8:02 am

Gov Shapiros got our back! Hope they find out the cause soon. This is a wake up call for everyone. Safety first people!


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