AP: 4th person found dead in chocolate factory blast; 3 missing

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On Sunday, it was reported that a fourth individual had passed away, and three others were still missing, following a potent blast at a chocolate factory in a Pennsylvania small town.

The West Reading Borough’s Chief of Police, Wayne Holben, verified that the fourth victim’s remains were located under rubble early that Sunday at the R.M. Palmer Co. establishment in West Reading, situated roughly 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia.

Holben asked for continued prayers from the community and vowed that rescuers and officials “will not rest until every single person affected by this tragedy has been accounted for,” the Associated Press reported.

After the explosion destroyed one building and caused damage to a nearby structure, rescue teams have been employing heat sensing devices and canines to scour for any potential survivors.

Currently, heavy machinery is being used to systematically and cautiously remove debris from the location, as confirmed by Holben.

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