4 dead in Belgium after gas explosion

At least four people have died from a possible gas explosion that occurred in a residential building in the Belgian town of Turnhout, in the north of the country, as confirmed by the town’s Mayor’s Office to AFP.

The detonation, which destroyed two floors on New Year’s Eve It happened early on Friday, December 31, in a four-story building with a total of 16 floors and left a hole in the walls, breaking the windows of some nearby houses.

“Our first information indicates that it is a gas explosion,” he said. Paul Van Miert, Mayor of the Town of Turnhout.

Two women survived the blast, one of whom spent 14 hours under the rubble before being taken to hospital. Although he could not give the identity, sex and age of the victims, he said they were adults.

In the last hours a woman has been rescued alive from the rubble. “His life is not in danger,” said the mayor.

“They are fine,” said Van Miert, east of Antwerp and near the Dutch border.

The authorities understand that there are no survivors left and the rescue operations have ended, according to Paul Van Miert, in statements collected by the agency.

The building where the explosion occurred is likely to be destroyed.

With information from AFP and Europa Press.