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February 10th, 2011
07:57 AM ET

One dead, five still missing in Allentown Gas explosion

At least one person is dead and five are still missing after an explosion leveled several homes in Allentown, Pennsylvania, authorities said early Thursday morning.

Robert Scheirer, Allentown's fire chief, told American Morning’s Kiran Chetry that the fire is out, and gas lines in the area have been turned off. He said the emergency response is considering this a recovery at this point.

“We believe it to be a natural gas explosion,” he told Chetry. “We don’t know if the leak was inside the home or out on the street. That all has to be investigated.”

Chief Scheirer also said about 500 people from Gross Towers were also evacuated and taken to shelters in the city.

Watch the entire interview here.

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  1. Bill Conners, Pleasant Valley, NY

    An ironic event: same town, gas explosion, 6+/- deaths, 1958.

    February 10, 2011 at 8:05 am |