4 children among victims killed in Pennsylvania home explosion

Four children were among five people killed in a home explosion Thursday night in Pennsylvania, a report said.

Alana Wood, 13; Jeremiah White, 12; Nehemiah White, 10; Tristan White, 8; and Francine White, 67, were killed in the Pottstown blast that obliterated a home and severely damaged others, officials said on Friday, according to WPVI-TV.

Eugene White (44) and Kristina Matuzsan (32) were in critical condition, the broadcaster reported. It was unclear how the victims were related.

Authorities said the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

Neighbor Kim Kulp says her grandchildren were the young victims’ best friends.

“Everyone will be affected. This is just terrible. It arrived too close to his home,” Kulp told the broadcaster.

“Their kids loved our dog too, so they rode bikes and followed us on walks,” said neighbor Rebecca Scott. “They were really great kids. This family didn’t deserve what happened to them.”

Investigators work at the scene of the explosion.
Five people were killed in the explosion.
Matt Rourke/AP

Bewildered neighbors described the violent impact that set off a massive two-alarm fire.

“I really thought there was a very loud thunder nearby, but it shook the area,” Christian Gonzalez told the station.

“The house was shaking and I thought it was an earthquake. We all came outside to see what was going on,” said another neighbor.

An investigator, center above, moves through the scene of a deadly explosion in a residential area
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
Matt Rourke/AP

Classes were canceled Friday in the borough of 22,000, about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to these families. When schools reopen, our counselors and psychologists will be available to provide support,” Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez reportedly wrote in a letter to the families.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/27/4-children-among-victims-killed-in-pennsylvania-house-explosion/ 4 children among victims killed in Pennsylvania home explosion

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