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UPDATE: 5th person now dead after Salem home explosion, victims names released

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By: Emma Yepsen

SALEM, N.Y. - A home explosion in Salem has now killed five people, including a 2-month-old child, and leaving six others with serious injuries. 

The explosion occurred at a home located at 4372 Route 29 near the intersection at Route 22 in Salem Wednesday around 12:30 p.m.

Three died from the explosion, fourth person died after succumbing to their injuries in the hospital late Wednesday night, and a fifth person, a 2-month-old child, has died Thursday afternoon.

New York State Police have released the name of the deceased as: 41-year-old Tammy Palmer, who lived at the residence; 19-year-old Lawrence Berg Jr., who lived at the residence; 16-year-old Robert Sanford, who lived at the residence; 19-year-old Clarissa Lyn Porlier, who was visiting the residence; and 2-month-old Niyah Lynn Durham, who lived at the residence. 

Several others were injured: 32-year-old Steven McComsey, lived at the residence and was taken to Bennington Hospital; 43-year-old Daniel Wilcox, who was visiting the residence, and was treated and released; 21-year-old Alicia Berg, who resided at the scene and was taken to Albany Medical Center; 17-year-old Brianne Berg, who resided at the residence and was taken to Bennington Hospital; 15-year-old Chelsey Wilcox, who was visiting the residence and was taken to Albany Medical Center; and 20-year-old Darrell Durham, who resided at the scene and was taken to Westchester Hospital.

Police in Washington County say they believe the incident was caused by a gas explosion. Police say there could be more deaths in the explosion. NEWS10 was told there were 11 people inside the home at the time of the incident.

A helicopter staged the area around the Washington County Fairgrounds and the Cambridge High School after the incident.

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