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Fire hits brewery, apartments in Kennett Square

01/25/2021 10:30PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Residents throughout Kennett Square reported hearing and feeling the jarring explosion that proceeded a fire at a brewery and apartments in the 600 block of West Cypress Street on Monday evening. 

The blaze at Victory Brewing Company and the apartments above the brewery was first reported at around 6:28 p.m., and soon emergency responders from throughout the area were on hand to assist the Kennett Fire Company in battling the blaze.

The brewery was not open at the time of the incident and residents from the apartments that are located above the first floor of the building were evacuated, as were neighbors in the nearby homes. 

As of 8 p.m. on Monday, no injuries had been reported and it did not appear that any EMS units were actively rescuing people. 

Firefighters at the scene were warning onlookers to avoid areas where there were gas lines underneath the road surface. 

As long as an hour after the first call, there was still smoke billowing from the building and flames coming out a second story window. 

A fire company report issued Tuesday morning confirmed that no one was injured during the incident. The cause of the fire and explosion is still under investigation.

Responders came from Lancaster, Chester and Delaware counties. At one point there were 59 units at the scene.

The extent of the damage from the explosion and fire is not yet known. 

Victory Brewing posted the following on its social media pages Monday evening:

Tonight, around 6:30PM there was an explosion and fire in the 600 block of W Cypress St in the building where the Victory Brewing Company - Kennett Square taproom is located. Our taproom was closed for business today, so no customers or team members were in the building at the time of the incident. We now have a team on site and are working with the fire and police departments to gather information around this unfortunate incident. We are not aware of any injuries that were uncovered during the initial investigation. We will continue to work with authorities and with the Red Cross to learn more about what occurred this evening and how we can help our neighbors in the building who have been displaced. For now, we are praying for the safety of those involved and want to thank the first responders who quickly arrived on site, safely aided in the evacuation of the building and are working to control the fire. We will update you as more information becomes available to us during the investigation.