According to the local Police Department, two people lost their lives and nine are still unaccounted for after an explosion at a chocolate factory in West Reading, PA on March 24, 2023. The explosion started a 4-alarm fire which resulted in the fatalities at the R.M. Palmer Company on 77 S. 2nd Ave, West Reading, PA 19611. Sadly, the wrongful death toll is expected to increase. An experienced gas explosion lawyer in Reading PA is available at the Trapani Law Firm to help with free consultations.
Witnesses at the scene recount the situation starting with a large explosion sound coming from the direction of the candy factory and then seeing flames from the same direction. There were multiple complaints of a gas smell at the Reading chocolate factory explosion site. A Reading wrongful death attorney is available anytime for a free consultation. We are here to help the Berks County community after this devastating candy factory wrongful death explosion in West Reading Pennsylvania.
Officials report that in addition to the two casualties the explosion and subsequent fire caused multiple personal injuries in Reading PA, the exact number remaining unknown at this time. Several fire crews from the local Reading Fire Departments responded to the scene of the fire.
Update: The reading wrongful death toll has risen to 5 fatalities with 2 more candy factory employees still missing. A press conference is scheduled for 9:00 P.M. Sunday March 26, 2023. A crisis number has been established for the Reading community. The number is 610-374-5224 extension 529. Additionally, you can call the Trapani Law Firm to speak with a Reading gas explosion attorney or a wrongful death lawyer in Reading PA at 610-351-2330.