Natural Gas Explosion in Pennsylvania Forces Resident Evacuation in Downtown Area of Allentown

By on Feb 10, 2011 in Current Events, United States, World Comments

A natural gas explosion in the Allentown, Pennsylvania leveled two houses and burned several others that led to the evacuation of about 600 residents on Wednesday night, according to a report by

Allentown, PA.
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Allentown firefighter tried to control the fire that rages several houses due to the gas line explosion near the intersection of 13th and Allen Streets in Allentown, Pa. Many residents were evacuated to the Allentown fairgrounds for temporary refuge.

Initial investigation reports say that one person did not survive the explosion and at least five are still unaccounted for. The victim lived in two-story row house that blew up around 10:45 p.m., according to police Chief Roger MacClean.

Investigation is underway to know the cause of the explosion. The fire was contained early Thursday as layers of snow and ice made it difficult to get through to a ruptured underground gas line that was feeding the flames.

Fire Chief Robert Scheirer estimated around eight houses were lost and another 16 were damaged.

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