25 Injured After Explosion in Germany’s Wuppertal City
Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, police said on Sunday, 24 June.
Police said the explosion rocked the several-story building shortly before midnight on Saturday with a large bang, sending residents in nearby buildings running out into the street.
Fire then broke out in several different parts of the apartment building and firefighters had trouble dousing the flames because parts of the building kept collapsing. They were able to rescue four severely injured oeioke from inside the building and sent them to the hospital.
Another 21 people were slightly injured and treated by emergency staff at the scene.
Police said on Sunday they were still trying to get the fire under control and were investigating the cause of the explosion. They would not comment when asked whether the explosion could possibly be terror-related.
Some of the building's roof beams stood black and eerie in the smoke as police scoured accessible parts of the building for more people trapped inside before giving the all-clear.
The place where the building stood is now a huge gap in a row of apartment buildings in the city's Langerfeld neighbourhood.