A gas explosion killed five people in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Reports said that officials investigate the 83-year-old cast-iron gas main that fell into the row houses as cause of the explosion.
AP Reported that the blast on February 10, which flattened a pair of rowhouses and set fire to a block of homes late February 9 evening, happened in an area where the underground gas main lacked shut-off valves.
Utility persons took five hours before finally cutting off the flow of gas that fed the raging flames.
Bodies had been recovered but unidentified— a 4 old month boy, a 16 year old girl, a 69 year old female and 79 year old male — and cadaver dogs searched for the fifth person known to be dead.