(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) The death toll from an explosion and fire in a chocolate factory
in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania on Friday has risen to five,
authorities said on Saturday, trend reports citing xinhua .
The explosion happened at the R.M. Palmer Company in West
Reading, Berks County, on Friday afternoon, which destroyed one
building and damaged a neighboring one.
Six people are still missing, according to the Pennsylvania
Emergency Management Agency. Eight other people were taken to the
hospital on Friday evening.
West Reading Mayor Samantha Kaag issued a statement early
Saturday morning, saying that "the tragic explosion and loss of
life has shaken the community."
"I hope that the remaining victims are found safe and that the
community can continue to provide support to those affected by the
tragedy in the coming days," Kaag added.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation.
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