Pottstown house explosion closeup of debris and collapsed home

Part of a collapsed roof and piles of debris were all that was left of a twin home in Pottstown after an explosion.

POTTSTOWN, Pa. - The family whose Pottstown home exploded last week, killing four children and their grandmother, has hired an attorney.

Wapner Newman, a Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm, said it will "fight for accountability" in the explosion Thursday night on Hale Street, and "secure justice" for the family.

The firm serves personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Authorities have not yet determined a cause, but a lawyer for Wapner Newman says neighbors reported frequently smelling gas in the area before the explosion.

One neighbor told 69 News the smell of gas in the neighborhood has been a concern for years, and that the fire department had been called several times.

When asked about that report during a news conference last week, Pottstown Borough Manager Justin Keller said it was something investigators were looking into.

Crews with the utility company PECO were removing several large pipes from under Hale Street on Tuesday. The company said it was "retiring infrastructure."

The explosion killed four siblings, ages 8-13, and their grandma, 67-year-old Francine White. Two other adults, who family say are the kids' parents, were seriously injured. The family's twin home was completely leveled, and several nearby homes were severely damaged, as the explosion was felt miles away.

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