Serious injuries have been reported following a suspected gas explosion at a petrol station in Ireland.
Paramedics, a coastguard helicopter and a coastguard crew were among those dispatched to Applegreen petrol station on the outskirts of Creaslow in Co Donegal this afternoon.
Photos on social media showed several cars damaged by debris, and the building behind the lobby, which contained apartments, appeared largely destroyed.
Debris could be seen around the gas station and apartments were missing walls and roofs.
Councilor John O’Donnell told Sky News that the gas explosion happened just after 3pm: ‘This is a very serious incident.
“I know there are serious injuries and it’s a very sad incident. »
O’Donnell said “several people” were taken away by air ambulance, although it was unclear if anyone was living in the apartments at the time.
He added: “It’s very difficult in a small rural town.
“Everyone here is completely exhausted and we’re all in shock. »
Retailer Esplanade Applegreen has confirmed a “serious incident” at one of its dealer-run stores.
Independent TD Thomas Pringle from Donegal wrote on Twitter: “So sad to hear the tragic news from Creaslow tonight.
“My thoughts are with those affected.
“My sincere thanks to those who responded so quickly. »
Residents were asked to stay away from the area.
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