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.
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.
“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.
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.”
“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.
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.