Gas company helping investigate Phillipsburg house explosion

PHILLIPSBURG N.J. (Warren County) – The Investigation continued Sunday into what sparked the house explosion Saturday at 74-76 Filmore St in Phillipsburg.

The explosion was reported around 5:15 p.m.

“Elizabethtown Gas is aware of the reported incident. Elizabethtown Gas is currently assisting the first responders with their investigation,” Elizabethtown Gas spokesperson Duane Bourne said.

Phillipsburg Fire Chief Richard Hay said 4 homes have been damaged and 5 people are still evacuated from their homes.

According to Red Cross New Jersey on Saturday evening, they were helping 3 families (9 people) with emergency assistance including temporary lodging as needed.

Three people in total were injured, Hay said.

One victim was airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township for burns over 50 percent of his body, Phillipsburg Mayor Stephen Ellis said.

Another victim suffered a minor injury and was being treated at St. Luke’s Hospital in Phillipsburg, Ellis said.

A person in the adjacent building was uninjured and was being interviewed on Saturday by authorities, Ellis said.

Caleb Radwan of Easton, P.A. told RNJ on Saturday that he was coming home from a church event when he saw “Wires shaking then a loud pop kinda sounded like a gunshot.”

“I knew it was serious when I saw a bunch of police speeding to the house,” Radwan said.

The mayor said on Saturday that everyone has been accounted for.

The Warren County HAZMAT team, the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force and the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office assisted at the scene.

As a result of the explosion, there will be both vehicle and pedestrian traffic restrictions for Monday, June 6 on Filmore Street.

Filmore Street will remain closed from Summit Ave to Hudson Street. In the morning, Filmore Street will be open for buses only from 7:55-8:15. Children will be able to walk to the school along Filmore Street. In the afternoon, Filmore Street will again be opened from 2:55-3:15 for buses only. Children will again be able to walk home along Filmore Street. Officers will be present in the morning and afternoon for the children’s safety.

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By: Jay Edwards
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