One dead, five missing in Pennsylvania gas explosion
February 10th, 2011
10:10 AM ET

One dead, five missing in Pennsylvania gas explosion

At least one person is dead and five are missing after an explosion leveled several homes in Allentown, Pennsylvania, authorities said early Thursday morning.

Robert Scheirer, Allentown's fire chief, told American Morning’s Kiran Chetry that the fire is out, and gas lines in the area have been turned off. He said emergency responders consider this a recovery at this point.

“We believe it to be a natural gas explosion,” he told Chetry. “We don’t know if the leak was inside the home or out on the street. That all has to be investigated.”

Scheirer also said about 500 people from Gross Towers were evacuated and taken to shelters in the city.

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  1. Veritas

    Thoughts and prayers for all the folks going through this tragic situation. I hope they find the missing people. My condolences for thier lose of friends and family. God be with all those displaced and traumetized.

    February 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    one cant pray enough for these people. a similar incident took place 3 weeks ago near my work. gas explosion. i never realized how dangerous gas lines can be in the winter but lets pray they didnt go thru this 4 nothing & more lives will spared.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |