Authorities investigate cause of explosion, fire at Victory Brewing auction house and apartments


KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) – Fire investigators are trying to uncover what caused an explosion and fire at a building housing a craft brewery and apartments in southeastern Pennsylvania. No injuries were reported.

Chester County emergency responders were called around 6:30 p.m. Monday to the four-story Kennett Square building housing the Victory Brewing Company – Kennett Square.

The Victory Brewing Company said in a Facebook post that the tap room was closed so no customers or employees were in the building. Residents were evacuated from the 33 luxury one and two bedroom units above the faucet room.

The company said officials were working with authorities to find out more about what had happened and how they could help displaced neighbors. “For now, we pray for the safety of those involved and would like to thank the first responders who quickly arrived on the scene, safely assisted with the evacuation,” and fought the blaze, the company said.

The American Red Cross in Southeastern Pennsylvania said officials there had determined that all displaced residents had somewhere to stay the night and did not need help. Officials said they did not immediately know how many people had been displaced.

Victory Brewing opened in Downingtown in 1996 and opened a brewery in Parkesburg in 2014. A large tap room on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in downtown Philadelphia is slated to open later this year.

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