The Red Cross is offering assistance to three families displaced Saturday when an explosion injured two people and destroyed a duplex building in Phillipsburg.

The blast took place on Filmore Street, damaging an adjacent building and leaving at least one victim with burns over 50 percent of his body, according to The report states that the victim was taken by medivac helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township for treatment.

According to the article, authorities smelled gas in the area, but there was no fire or smoke in the debris. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, the story states.

The Red Cross said Sunday that its Disaster Action Team responded "to provide comfort and emergency assistance to the families affected by the explosion." So far, nine people in three families have received emergency assistance, the Red Cross said in a statement Sunday.

"Red Cross volunteers remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that may provide long-term assistance during their recovery," the organization said.

To provide additional help for the families through the American Red Cross, donations can be sent to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief by going to, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Toniann Antonelli is a social content producer for NJ 101.5. She can be reached at, or on Twitter @ToniRadio1015.

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