At least 12 injured as massive ‘gas explosion’ in Vienna demolishes several floors in two buildings
- Several floors of the building have collapsed with a hole three or four storeys up
- Vienna police said at least 12 people had been injured, at least two seriously
- A fire brigade spokesman said it was ‘as if a bomb flew in and tore a huge hole’
At least 12 people have been injured in a suspected gas explosion which tore through one or two residential buildings in Vienna.
Several floors of the building have collapsed, leaving a hole three or four storeys high in the front of the building.
Vienna police said at least two people have been seriously injured, with at least 10 others suffering minor injuries.
These pictures show the huge hole which the suspected gas explosion made in the building
It was unclear whether it was one or two buildings affected, as the street was covered in dust and small debris.
‘(It’s) as if a bomb flew in and tore a huge hole in the facade,’ a spokesman for the fire brigade said.
Police said the explosion had struck shortly after 4.30pm local time, calling it a suspected gas explosion.
The Vienna ambulance service earlier said there were four serious injuries, but police revised the number down to two.
The fire brigade had similar figures but could not rule out deaths yet, their spokesman said.
Nearby roads have been blocked off as police, fire and emergency rescue workers attend the scene.
The police said the partial collapse of several floors took place in up to two buildings in the fourth district of the Austrian capital, which borders the city centre.
The police said the partial collapse of several floors took place in up to two buildings in the fourth district of the Austrian capital, which borders the city centre
A suspected gas explosion tore through a building near Vienna’s city centre on Wednesday, causing several floors to collapse and seriously injuring four people