Coroner releases provisional causes of death for victims of R.M. Palmer explosion

The Berks County Coroner’s Office has issued provisional causes of death for the seven victims from March 24th explosion and building collapse at the R.M. Palmer Company building in West Reading.

The preliminary cause of death for a six of the seven is listed as blast injuries: Amy S. Sandoe, 49, of Ephrata. Domingo Cruz, 60, of Reading. Susan H. Halvonik, 63, of Upper Providence Township. Michael D. Breedy, 62, of Marion Township. Diana M. Cedeno, 44, of Reading. Judith Lopez-Moran, 55, of Reading.

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The preliminary cause of death for Xiorky D. Nunez, 30, of Reading was listed as thermal burns.

The findings from Forensic Pathologist Neil A. Hoffman, MD are preliminary. Forensic medical examinations are continuing as part of an open and active death investigation to determine the final cause and manner of death for all victims, in conjunction with various federal and state agencies.

The Coroner’s office said a final determination will be made at the conclusion of the investigations.

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