Officials in eastern Pennsylvania have announced that all seven bodies of the victims of a powerful explosion at a chocolate factory have been recovered from the site. The explosion happened on Tuesday morning in a small town in eastern Pennsylvania, leaving many people shocked and heartbroken.
According to reports, the blast occurred around 3:45 am local time at the Debelis Corporation chocolate factory located on East Broad Street. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but authorities believe it was due to an equipment malfunction.
Emergency responders rushed to the scene immediately after receiving reports of an explosion at the factory. However, they faced difficulties due to intense flames and thick smoke, which made it challenging for them to access some parts of the building.
"The fire was so intense that we had difficulty accessing certain areas," said Fire Chief Michael Lecuyer during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities confirmed that all seven employees who were working at the time of the incident died as a result of injuries sustained in or from being trapped inside during or afterthe blast. Their names have not yet been released pending notification of their families.
The community has expressed deep sorrow over this tragedy and offered condolences to families and friends affected by this devastating event. Governor Tom Wolf also tweeted his condolences saying "My thoughts are with everyone impacted by [the] tragic incident."
The investigation into what caused this terrible accident is ongoing. However, officials say they will be examining every detail thoroughly so that they can determine precisely what happened and prevent similar incidents from occurring in future.
In conclusion, our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones in this tragedy, may their souls rest peacefully knowing justice will be served through thorough investigations into such accidents.