Explosion at Irish petrol station, death toll rises to 7

DUBLIN, 8th October 2022 (Reuters): The explosion at a petrol station in County Donegal on Friday, has killed seven people as search and recovery efforts continue. 

According to Reuters, the explosion happened sometime after 3 pm, local time at the Applegreen petrol station on the outskirts of Cresslough. The Irish police confirmed the death toll had risen to seven while confirming that eight others were undergoing treatment.

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The police added that a search and recovery operation is currently underway to determine “further fatalities”. Footage from the scene shows a residential unit above the petrol station store, the walls of which have reportedly been blown out and the roof collapsed. “Debris is scattered across the forecourt where several cars were parked”, reported Reuters

Issuing a statement, the Prime Minister expressed his “deepest sympathies” for the family and friends of the victims and the Cresslough community. Terming it the “darkest of days”, the PM said that others will share in the sense of shock experienced by the people of Creeslough at the “tragic loss of life”. 

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Pearce Doherty a local Sinn Féin lawmaker, said that the “massive explosion” was heard from miles away, adding that hours after the incident, people were trapped inside the building trying to contact emergency services. 

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