Pennsylvania chocolate factory explosion kills seven after two more bodies found

Explosion at R.M. Palmer Company chocolate factory in Pennsylvania

More bodies have been found as emergency crews continue to survey the site of RM’s chocolate factory in Berks County, Pennsylvania, This brings the death toll from the explosion that occurred on Friday night to seven.

West Reading Mayor Samantha Kaage issued a statement on Sunday saying that two more bodies had been found and that all the victims had been discovered. She said that authorities withheld their names at this time.

She wrote: “Tonight we were able to announce that all seven presumed missing persons have been found – please understand this continues to be a devastating loss.” “But we are really grateful that the families involved will be closed in the coming days.”

Earlier today, a fifth body was recovered from the rubble, after authorities initially confirmed four people had been killed, with three others still missing.

Pennsylvania chocolate factory explosion leaves five dead, two missing: report

Firefighters extinguish a blaze after a deadly explosion at a chocolate factory in West Reading, Pennsylvania.

Firefighters extinguish a blaze after a deadly explosion at a chocolate factory in West Reading, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Duelb/Reading Eagle via AP)

Friday’s explosion flattened the RM Palmer Building 2 and damaged Building 1, but its causes remain unknown.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the explosion.

Firefighters at the scene of an explosion at a chocolate factory work to put out a blaze in West Riding, Pennsylvania.

Firefighters at the scene of an explosion at a chocolate factory work to put out a blaze in West Riding, Pennsylvania. (Ben Hasty/Reading Vulture via AP)

“We’re still working hard behind the scenes – please tap us for resources if you’re affected – I really mean it when I say I’m so proud of the community and the county, and so honored to be Mayor of West Riding,” Cage said on social media.

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She added, “Investigative efforts are underway now and we can find answers as to how this happened and how/if we can prevent it from happening in the future.”

Emergency medics and heavy equipment at the site of a deadly explosion at a chocolate factory in West Riding, Pennsylvania, Saturday, March 25.

Emergency medics and heavy equipment at the site of a deadly explosion at a chocolate factory in West Riding, Pennsylvania, Saturday, March 25. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

“Please be patient and respectful as we work with the county to obtain families information, closures, and resources for now and the foreseeable future,” Kaag concluded.

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Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro He visited the site of the explosion on Saturday and announced that additional resources would be provided to first responders amid ongoing rescue and recovery efforts.

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