PSP, West Reading factory blasts are being investigated by local police

The search for survivors after Friday’s deadly candy factory explosion in West Reading, Berks County, has ended and the investigation is moving forward. . They have given the report to the West Wasagam police. Byom said the PSP would not release any information from the investigation, saying it would be West Reading’s decision what to release. Three buildings surrounding the destroyed factory have been condemned. West Reading Mayor Samantha Cocke said the move was a precautionary measure to aid the investigation. Some roads will be closed indefinitely. Death toll rises All missing in RM Palmer plant explosion West Reading Borough Police Chief Wayne Holpen said. had been discovered. The death toll is seven. Kak said the names of the victims will not be released until each family has been notified. “As we move forward, remember this is still a devastating loss. We’re still working with the families. We’ll keep them informed as we move forward, but the site itself is now being turned over to the investigation period. So, we’re looking for more answers about what caused this and how we can prevent it in the future.” Cock said. VIDEO BELOW: SCOPE OF EXPLOSION. Smell of gas? WGAL and The Associated Press spoke to people at the scene over the weekend who said there were complaints of the smell of gas at the factory. Frank Gonzalez said his son and son-in-law worked there, but his son a few months ago. He left because he “said he didn’t like the smell of the gas in there.” His son and son-in-law complained to plant supervisors about the smell. They said, “It’s okay. We got it. It’s being handled. Don’t worry about it. Don’t” he said. Frank DeJesus said his adopted daughter Arelis. Farmer employee Rivera Santiago was working in the building next door at the time of the blast. The ceiling was hollow and she had to crawl under machinery to build it, she said. DeJesus said she was rushed to the scene “shaking and crying hysterically” and is still too shaken to talk about what happened. Plant employees, including his stepdaughter, complained of the smell of gas throughout the day Friday, DeJesus said. “Everybody complained about the smell of gas, and they made them work,” he said. “Supervisors told them it was nothing. It was being taken care of,” a UGI utility spokesman said after the damage from the explosion led to the escape of gas to help extinguish the fire. “Regardless of any calls we received regarding a gas leak or gas order prior to the incident, we are cooperating with the investigation, which includes checking all of our nearby facilities,” UGI spokesman Joseph Swope said Saturday. . Stay with us live and online for updates. According to the RM Palmer Company website, they employ more than 800 people and make 500 products in West Reading. They are “one of America’s largest and most innovative confectioners.” They have a manufacturing facility in Wyomissing and a distribution center in Exeter.

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The search for survivors after Friday’s deadly candy factory explosion in West Reading, Berks County, has ended and the investigation is moving forward.

On Monday morning, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Boehm said the investigation into the cause and origin of the blast had been completed. They have given the report to the West Wasagam police. Byom said the PSP would not release any information from the investigation, saying it would be West Reading’s decision what to release.

Three buildings have been condemned around the destroyed factory. West Reading Mayor Samantha Cocke said the move was a precautionary measure to aid the investigation.

Some roads in the area will be closed indefinitely.

The death toll is rising

West Reading Borough Police Chief Wayne Holpen said all those missing from the RM Palmer Company plant explosion have been located. The death toll is seven.

Kak said the names of the victims will not be released until each family has been notified.

“As we move forward, remember this is an even more devastating loss. We’re still working with the families to get their information as we move forward, but the site itself is now being transitioned into an investigation period. So, hopefully, we can learn more about what caused this and how we can prevent it in the future.” We will have more answers,” said Kak.

Video below: The explosion scene.

Smell gas?

WGAL and The Associated Press spoke to people at the scene over the weekend who said they had received complaints of a gas odor at the factory.

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Frank Gonzalez said his son and son-in-law worked there, but his son quit a few months ago “because he said he didn’t like the smell of the gas there.” His son and son-in-law complained to plant supervisors about the stench. They said, “It’s okay. We got it. is handled. Don’t worry about it,” he said.

Frank DeJesus said his stepdaughter Arelis Rivera Santiago, a Palmer employee, was working in the building next door at the time of the blast. The ceiling was hollow and she had to crawl under machinery to build it, she said. DeJesus said he rushed to the scene to find her “shocking and crying hysterically,” and that she was too shaken to talk about what happened.

Plant employees, including his stepdaughter, complained about the gas odor throughout the day Friday, DeJesus said.

“Everybody complained about the smell of gas, and they made them work,” he said. “The supervisors said it was nothing and it was being looked after.”

A UGI utility spokeswoman said the damage from the explosion led to the release of gas that helped extinguish the fire.

“We did not receive any calls regarding a gas leak or gas order prior to the incident. But we are cooperating with the investigation, which will include checking all of our nearby facilities,” UGI spokesman Joseph Swope said Saturday.

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A candlelight vigil has been organized on Friday.

WGAL will continue to follow the investigation and other developments on this story. Stay with us in person and online for updates.

According to the RM Palmer Company website, they employ more than 800 people and make 500 products in West Reading. They claim to be “one of America’s largest and most innovative confectioners.”

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They have a manufacturing facility in Wyomissing and a distribution center in Exeter.

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