Blaze destroys two properties close to Pottstown residence explosion website

POTTSTOWN — Two properties throughout Butler Avenue from the positioning of the Might 26 explosion at 453 Hale St. burned to the bottom early Tuesday morning.

No accidents have been reported.

417 Hale St., shown here the day after the May 26, 2022 house explosion, was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning.(MediaNews Group File Photo)
417 Hale St., proven right here the day after the Might 26, 2022 home explosion, was destroyed by hearth Tuesday morning.(MediaNews Group File Picture)

Fireplace crews have been dispatched at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday and located one residence on hearth and the fireplace shortly unfold to the opposite. Each buildings had been broken within the Might 26 explosion final 12 months.

Each buildings have been vacant and have been below renovation to restore injury from final Might’s explosion.

Pottstown Fireplace Chief Frank Hand, who couldn’t be reached Tuesday afternoon, instructed WFMZ TV that the reason for the fireplace is believed to be unintentional and isn’t associated to final Might’s explosion.

419 Hale St., shown here in the wake of the May 26 home explosion, was one of two homes destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning.(MediaNews Group File Photo)
419 Hale St., proven right here within the wake of the Might 26 residence explosion, was one among two properties destroyed by a fireplace Tuesday morning.(MediaNews Group File Picture)

Ten months later, the curtained fence nonetheless surrounds the positioning of the explosion and the reason for that blast continues to be a thriller to the individuals who dwell there.

Officers from the borough, PECO and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have all stated the reason for the explosion might take a 12 months to find out. It’s two months till that milestone is reached.

Rubble, a large hole in the ground and a black-curtained security fence remain at the site of the May 26, 2022, home explosion site on Hale Street, Pottstown. It is across B, March 21, 2023, fire.(Evan Brandt - MediaNews Group)
Rubble, a big gap within the floor, and a black-curtained safety fence stay on the website of the Might 26, 2022, residence explosion website on Hale Avenue, Pottstown. It’s throughout the road from the house destroyed by Tuesday’s hearth. (Evan Brandt – MediaNews Group)

The positioning of the blast has been partially cleaned-up, however rubble stays, as does a big gap the place one of many twin properties as soon as stood.

And now, as faculty kids returned residence Tuesday afternoon, they’ll stroll previous the positioning of two disasters surrounded by “short-term” fencing.

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