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25 injured and more than 100 evacuated after explosion in apartment building in Gothenburg, Sweden

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25 injured and more than 100 evacuated after explosion in apartment building in Sweden

  • The cause of the explosion is still unknown, the police have launched an investigation
  • Several apartments and stairwells were hit, injuring dozens of residents
  • People described how the shock wave boomed to the fifth floor
  • Three women, aged between 60 and 80, were among the worst injured










About 25 people have been rushed to hospital and more than 100 evacuated after an explosion in an apartment building in Sweden.

The blast shook the building in central Gothenburg at 5 a.m., causing terrified residents to flee to the exits while others were forced to clamber onto the balconies of neighboring flats to escape the smoke pouring through their front doors.

Three women, aged between 60 and 80, were among the worst injured. A firefighter also suffered minor injuries during the rescue effort.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown and the police have launched an investigation.

Smoke pours from the windows of an apartment after an explosion hit the apartment building in the city of Gothenburg around 5 a.m.

Smoke comes out of the windows after the explosion in the Annedal area of ​​central Gothenburg

Smoke comes out of the windows after the explosion in the Annedal area of ​​central Gothenburg

Firefighters appear to be trying to gain access to a nearby building this morning

Firefighters appear to be trying to gain access to a nearby building this morning

Paramedics remove an injured person on a stretcher.  No less than 25 have been hospitalized

Paramedics remove an injured person on a stretcher. No less than 25 have been hospitalized

Smoke pours from the building as a fire truck cherry picker helps extinguish the fire

Smoke pours from the building as a fire truck cherry picker helps extinguish the fire

Rescue service leader Jon Pile told TV4 a gas leak had been ruled out.

Theodor Öréus, 24, who recently moved in, described how the shock wave reverberated all the way to his fifth-floor apartment.

“The front door of the apartment was slammed by the blast and smoke poured into the apartment,” he told Aftonbladet newspaper.

‘Because the stairwell was full of smoke, we couldn’t go outside. Instead, we had to climb to the balcony and to the flat next door.’

“When we got to the courtyard, people fainted on the floor. Some have been picked up by ambulance,” Mr Öréus added.

A total of six people were taken to hospital by ambulance, while another 18 were transported by bus with minor injuries.

Evacuees, some dressed only in dressing gowns, are being cared for at various locations, including the Saron Church near the apartment block.

About 40 went to church, some of them in shock, according to local social services official Ulla-Carin Moberg.

‘We have blankets, coffee, coffee and clothes. Some don’t even have clothes with them,” Ms Moberg told Aftonbladet.

Many injured have been transferred to Mölndal Hospital, which is part of Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

‘In the hospital we have also set up a crisis support area where people who have lost their homes can talk and get practical help,’ adds Ms Moberg.

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