BUCHAREST — Romanian authorities announced that two explosions at a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) station 30 kilometers from Bucharest, Romania, Saturday night killed at least two people and injured dozens more.
Thirty-nine firefighters who responded to the first explosion at the facility in Crevedia, north of the capital, were injured when a second explosion occurred.
In initial reports, Raed Arafat, Romania’s State Secretary for the Ministry of Internal Affairs said 41 people had suffered burns and were rushed to hospital while four others had to be taken to Italy and Belgium: “We have transferred two firefighters and two civilians abroad (for treatment) and others will follow”.
Since his statement, five more patients have been transferred to hospitals outside of Romania.
Authorities have yet to announce the cause of the explosions but the facility was subject to a closure order for reasons that remain unclear.
According to local media, the station was running despite the order. Two of the 10,000-liter fuel tanks on site were full.
More than 20 fire engines were dispatched to the scene, and 3,000 residents within an 800-meter radius were evacuated, the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations said in a statement.
The emergency department warned that there’s still the risk of more explosions, as at least one tanker is still in the area.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis lamented the “tragedy” on Facebook and has called for an investigation. — Euronews