Blast destroys Poconos strip mall

November 27, 2008 8:32:06 PM PST
Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say an explosion destroyed three businesses in a strip mall, but no injuries were reported.

Fire crews were called to the Brodheadsville strip mall in Monroe County's Chestnuthill Township at 2:15 p.m. Thursday. About 50 firefighters from six companies responded.

Rich Beck, the assistant fire chief of Polk Township, says about a half-dozen firefighters were inside when the explosion blew out some of the walls and caused much of the building to collapse. He says they were able to get out a side door.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. A pizzeria, a Chinese restaurant and a chocolate shop were destroyed.

An explosion Tuesday destroyed a home in south Allentown while two brothers were inside, but they sustained only minor injuries.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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