Explosion of a service station in Ireland: what we know about the tragedy that claimed the lives of 10 people

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The Republic of Ireland suffered a terrible accident on October 7. The number of human victims, which is still likely to increase, is high.

The explosion of a service station on October 7 left Ireland in mourning, while the emergency services worked through the night after the accident. This is what we know about the tragedy that struck the Emerald Isle.

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A “tragic accident”

The blast was triggered at around 3pm on Friday 7 October in County Donegal near the town of Creeslough, close to the Northern Ireland border. In addition to the station, two residential buildings collapsed nearby. The police, who had not yet given a reason behind the accident, ended up announcing that they believe in a “tragic accident”, according to CNN.

A high human cost

The death toll is currently ten dead according to police, including two teenagers and a girl, as well as eight other people hospitalized. Letterkenny University Hospital, 15 miles from the service station, was placed in an emergency situation and said in a statement it was treating “multiple injuries”. Meanwhile, the emergency services have been heavily mobilized, with the intervention of police, fire, ambulance services and the Irish coastguard, but also British personnel from Northern Ireland.

Official reactions to the tragedy

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said in a statement that his “thoughts and prayers (are) today with those who lost their lives and who were injured in this devastating explosion.”

The statistician said that “the people of the island will be affected by the same sense of shock and utter devastation as the people of Creeslough by this tragic loss of life.” Micheal Martin also thanked the emergency services who worked “through the night under extremely traumatic circumstances”.

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Creeslough community tonight after today’s devastating explosion.

Also thinking of all the emergency services, from all over the Northwest and NI working through a very traumatic situation.

— Michael Martin (@MichealMartinTD) October 7, 2022

Applegreen, who owns the gas station, also said she would send her “thoughts” and “prayers” to the deceased and to “the entire Creeslough community.”

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