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Six injured in Katowice gas explosion

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 23.10.2014 11:30
Six people were injured on Thursday morning by an apparent gas explosion at a residential building in the Silesian city of Katowice.

Fire-fighters survey the damage at the townhouse in Katowice.Photo: PAP/Andrzej Grygiel

Five people were hospitalised, one of whom is in a critical condition, after the explosion at a historic townhouse in central Katowice at about 5am.

The most severely injured victim has been transported to a burns treatment clinic in Siemanowice Slaskie.

Photo: PAP/Andrzej Grygiel

Two others are being treated at the Bonifratzy Hospital in Katowice (Hospital of the Brothers Hospitallers).

“They are in good condition,” a spokesman for the hospital told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily.

25 people were registered as residents in the townhouse, although it remains unclear how many were present at the time of the explosion.

15 tenants were evacuated entirely unharmed, and they took refuge in a nearby church, while fire-fighters brought the flames under control.

Part of the building collapsed following the blast, and windows in a number of nearby buildings were shattered.

Tenants in adjoining houses were also evacuated as a safety precaution.

Thursday's incident marks the second gas explosion in Silesia this month. Victims of an apparent methane explosion at the Myslowice-Wesola colliery were taken to the Siemanowice-Slaskie burns centre following on 6 October. Five miners died as a result of the accident. (nh)

Source: PAP/Gazeta Wyborcza

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