Blast in Prague kills four and injures forty

40 injured, 4 feared dead in Prague blast

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:32:05 GMT

At least 40 people have been injured and four others feared dead after a powerful explosion ripped through a building in the center of the Czech capital, Prague.

The incident took place on Monday morning, with police spokesman Tomas Hulan saying it was likely a natural gas explosion.

“”The gas company workers haven’t allowed rescuers into the building where the blast occurred, but (detection) dogs have marked the place a few times so we suppose there might be three or four dead people there,” said emergency services chief, Zdenek Schwarz.”
Some 40 people have been taken to hospital for treatment, four of them are reportedly in critical condition.

Firefighters spokeswoman, Pavlina Adamcova, said rescue teams were at the scene using sniffer dogs.

Police sealed off the area and evacuated some 220 people from nearby buildings.

Windows in buildings hundreds of meters away from the blast were shattered, including some in the nearby historic National Theater. The blast also shook buildings across Vltava River in the capital.

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