Thursday 29 June 2017

Thirty eight people hurt in fire at former World War II air raid shelter in Hamburg

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A total of 38 people have been injured in a fire and subsequent explosion at a former air raid shelter in the northern German city of Hamburg.

News agency dpa reported that the city's fire service said the fire broke out at a carpentry workshop in the six-storey building that dates back to the Second World War.

An explosion occurred as firefighters tried to extinguish the blaze. It was unclear what caused that blast, but around 100 tonnes of essential oils were stored in the building.

The fire brigade evacuated more than 60 people from nearby residential buildings.

Rather than sending officers back into the building, authorities planned to flood it with foam to extinguish the fire.

Authorities later said a further 11 people had been injured, taking the total to 38.

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