Status: 10.12.2023, 02:45 a.m.
Firefighters extinguish a house from a turntable ladder. © Markus Gayk/dpa
In Essen, an apartment in an apartment building explodes. Immediately afterwards, a fire spreads throughout the building. There are several injured - and possibly also buried.
Essen - In an explosion and a fire in an apartment building in Essen, a young woman was seriously injured and two other people were slightly injured. The resident jumped out of the window and was seriously injured on the street when the emergency services arrived on Saturday evening, a fire department spokesman said. She was taken to a cremation center in Bochum.
Since the structural structure of the two-storey house in Westfalenstraße was destroyed, the fire brigade could not yet enter the building. It cannot be ruled out that there are still people in it. According to police, five residents were reported in the house.
"You can't survive the violence that has worked here," said the spokesman for the fire department early Sunday morning. Until now, the emergency services have only been able to see the inside of the house from the outside. The debris of walls and ceilings inside the building is up to 60 meters high. In addition, the fire has not yet been extinguished. When the first police officers arrived at the scene on Saturday evening, both floors were completely engulfed in flames.
The blast wave created by the explosion also destroyed a wall of the directly adjacent residential building. Two residents from the neighboring house were initially treated on site by the emergency services and were taken to hospital with minor injuries. Three other people were also attended to by emergency services, but were uninjured. As a precautionary measure, the fire brigade took care of the city of Essen to ensure accommodation for those affected.
There was a fire in an apartment building in Essen. © Markus Gayk/dpa
"The road resembles a field of rubble, everything is full of rubble and broken glass," said the fire department spokesman. The cause of the explosion in the Steele neighborhood is still unclear. According to initial findings, the incident happened in an apartment on the ground floor. From there, the fire immediately spread to the rest of the building. Dpa