Ireland: at least 10 dead after a petrol station explosion
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Ireland: at least 10 dead after a petrol station explosion

At least 10 people died as a result of an explosion – probably due to a gas leak – in the village of Creeslough, in the Irish county of Donegal. Some children are also missing.

The death toll from a violent explosion on Friday afternoon in a gas station in the village of Creeslough, in the Irish county of Donegal, is at least ten dead. Firefighters and rescuers worked all night on the site of the blast and there were also eight injured and some children missing.

The number of victims, therefore, could unfortunately grow in the next few hours. For the moment among them are a girl, two teenagers, four men and three women.

At the moment, the exact causes of the explosion are not known, but according to city councilor John O’Donnell it was caused by a gas leak in some houses near the service station. Rescue operations continued throughout the night. The bang also seriously damaged some residential buildings that are nearby.

The explosion occurred suddenly on a sunny autumn afternoon, as dozens of people wandered around the area consisting of houses, numerous shops and an area dedicated to glamping. In addition, there were schools nearby: classes had just finished and according to reports from the BBC, many students were wandering around the area at that time.

The firefighters promptly went to the site and continued digging in search of survivors throughout the night: among the missing there are also some children, whose exact number has not, however, been specified.

The Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister), Micheál Martin, expressed his condolences to the families and friends of those who died in the Creeslough accident, on this “darkest day for Donegal and the whole country”. “The Irish are shocked and united by the same sense of shock and utter devastation as the people of Creeslough at this tragic loss of life,” he said.