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More bodies have been found as emergency crews continue to survey the site of the R.M. chocolate factory in Berks County, Pennsylvania, bringing the number of fatalities from Friday evening’s explosion to seven.
West Reading Mayor Samantha Kaag released a statement Sunday that said two more bodies were located and that all victims have been discovered. Authorities are withholding their names at this time, she said.
“Tonight we were able to announce that all seven presumptive missing have been found — please understand that this is still a devastating loss,” she wrote. “But we are truly grateful to bring closure to the families involved in the upcoming days.”
“We did not and will not announce any names of the identified victims until we know for certain that their family has been contacted, they have had time to process, and have been able to reach out to other loved ones to let those close to them know,” the mayor said in her statement.
“There will be three buildings condemned around the site, which is just a precaution as we move into the investigation phase to figure out what caused this and how we can prevent it from happening in the future,” the mayor wrote.
“This does not mean they are slated for demolition or uninhabitable – simply that there will still be work happening around them as we proceed and will need to be looked at further by structural engineers before being released,” Kaag announced.
We are still working diligently behind the scenes – please utilize us for resources if you were affected – I truly mean it when I say I am so proud of the community, the county, and I am so honored to be the Mayor of West Reading. pic.twitter.com/kWUCNqUh0a
— Mayor Samantha Kaag (@SamanthaKaag) March 27, 2023
A weather camera belonging to Fox29 just happened to capture the moment the massive explosion occurred.
READING EXPLOSION: A massive explosion rocked the Reading skyline on Friday evening, sending debris flying through the air and triggering a multi-alarm fire.
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) March 24, 2023
🚨#BREAKING: Multiple injuries and people trapped after a Major explosion at a Chocolate Factory
Currently Numerous Emergency crews and response teams are responding to a 3-alarm fire with a Massive explosion at a RM Palmer chocolate company in West… pic.twitter.com/9EHqNHJbKT
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) March 24, 2023
The R.M. Palmer Company said in a statement on Facebook on Saturday:
The tragic events that occurred on Friday have had a profound impact on all of us at R.M. Palmer, and we appreciate the outpouring of support as all of us continue to deal with the loss of our friends and coworkers. We offer our heartfelt condolences to those families who have lost loved ones and hope those injured will recover quickly.
We have always viewed our employees as family, and are focused now more than ever on providing any support we can to you and the families of employees directly affected by this tragedy. We will also be offering grief counseling to all employees who would like such assistance, and will provide information as soon as it is available.
In the aftermath of the explosion and subsequent loss of electricity at the facility, our computer and phone systems have been disabled and we are diligently working to restore them as quickly as possible. It may also take us some time to regain entry into sections of the facility, so we will let everyone know as soon as it is safe to return. Until then, the plant on S 2nd Avenue will remain closed and inaccessible.
We thank all of the first responders and the West Reading community for their assistance at this time. They continue to work on the site and we are cooperating fully to meet all of their requests.
FACTORY TRAGEDY: Number of victims rises as more bodies found after Pennsylvania chocolate plant explosion https://t.co/FlW7fwL9VL
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 27, 2023
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