The R.M. Palmer Company released a public statement Saturday afternoon regarding the recent incident at one of its West Reading facilities.
”Everyone at RM Palmer is devastated by the tragic events at one of our West Reading facilities and we are focused on supporting our employees and their families. We have lost close friends and colleagues, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all who have been impacted. We are sincerely grateful for the extraordinary efforts of all of the first responders and for the support of our Reading community, which has been home to our business for more than 70 years. We will continue to coordinate closely with local and national agencies to assist in the recovery process.”
“We are anxious to be in touch with all employees and the families of employees who have been impacted, but the company’s email, phones, and other communication systems are down, and therefore we are relying currently on first responders and disaster recovery organizations to provide any available information to impacted families. We will be providing additional information and making contact with employees, impacted families, and the community as soon as possible.”
An explosion took place around 5pm Friday evening at the R.M. Palmer building #2, located at 17 South 2nd Ave., in West Reading Friday. As of Saturday morning, officials say two people have died, 5 are unaccounted for, and 8 were initially taken to the hospital. Recovery efforts are still taking place as of Saturday afternoon.