Gas explosion collapses apartment building in The Hague

ASSOCIATED PRESS
THE HAGUE, Netherlands
Published 27.01.2019 18:51
Updated 28.01.2019 00:08
Authorities respond after a three-story home collapsed in The Hague, Netherlands on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo)
Authorities respond after a three-story home collapsed in The Hague, Netherlands on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo)

Dutch emergency workers rescued three people from the rubble of a low-rise apartment building in the Hague after a gas explosion Sunday and searched for one more person believed to be trapped.

The Hague Fire Brigade said in a tweet that nine people in total were injured by the explosion that blew the facade off part of the three-story building in a residential neighborhood. Seven were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The explosion scattered broken glass more than a block away and left a white van and a car badly damaged.

As darkness fell, fire engine lights shined on exposed rooms where a sofa, table and chairs still could be seen on the third floor.

Sniffer dogs were brought in to aid the search. Rescue teams worked carefully because the building's extensive structural damage meant more sections might collapse.

Fire Brigade spokesman John Kardol said it remained unclear what caused the gas explosion.

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