Germany apartment explosion injures 25, destroys building

Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, in an explosion that destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, according to police.

Police said the explosion rocked the several-story building shortly before midnight on Saturday (local time) with a large bang, scaring people in surrounding homes so much they ran out into the street in a panic.

The detonation was so severe it destroyed the building’s attic and the top three floors, the German news agency DPA reported.Fire then broke out in several different parts of the apartment building and firefighters had trouble dousing the flames as parts of the building kept collapsing.Firefighters were able to rescue four severely injured people from inside the building and transport them to hospital.Another 21 people were slightly injured and treated by emergency staff at the scene.

Source: Germany apartment explosion injures 25, destroys building – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)