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Irish village ‘shocked and numbed’ after gas station explosion leaves at least 10 dead


The death toll from a gas station explosion that devastated a small village in North West Ireland rose to 10 on Saturday, and emergency workers who worked their way through the rubble said they did not expect to find them. see more bodies.

Irish police say no one is missing following Friday’s explosion in Creeslough, County Donegal. Police are investigating the cause of the explosion, and Supt. David Kelly said the evidence “is pointing to a catastrophic accident.”

Irish police force, An Garda Siochana, said the midday explosion killed four men, three women, two teenagers and a primary school-age girl. Eight people have been hospitalized – one in critical condition – after an explosion destroyed an Applegreen service station in a community of about 400 people near Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast.

Emergency responders from Ireland and neighboring Northern Ireland took part in what police said on Saturday was now a “search and recovery” operation. Hunting dogs combed the debris and a mechanical excavator lifted the debris from the area.

The building was leveled in the explosion

The blast leveled the gas station building that holds the village’s main store and post office, damaged an adjoining apartment building and shattered the windows of nearby cottages.

Local medical doctor Paul Stewart told Irish broadcaster RTE: “There were rocks that were thrown hundreds of meters away from the scene. “The whole front of the building collapsed and the roof of the first floor collapsed on the shop. It was a miracle they got someone out.”

The scene of the explosion at the gas station
Police are investigating the cause. Supt. David Kelly said the evidence “is pointing” to a catastrophic crash. “ (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin said it was one of the “darkest days for Donegal and the whole country.”

Martin said: “People across the island will be as paralyzed by shock and utter devastation as the people of Creeslough at this catastrophic loss.

Agriculture Secretary Charlie McConalogue, who represents Donegal in the Irish parliament, said the service station is well known across the country for its prominent location on the region’s main N56 road and as the “heart” of the community. local.

“People are shocked and paralyzed,” he told Irish broadcaster RTE. “People have rallied together and everyone’s concern is with the families of those who have lost their loved ones and how they can support them.”

Another local lawmaker, Pearse Doherty, said people in the community were shocked.

“[It’s] “Something that no one thought could happen in a small village like this where everyone knows each other,” he said. “Yesterday three-and-a-half, the kids were out of school, everyone would collect their welfare. For such a nightmare to happen, it would take a while to sink in.”

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