14 Injured In Belgium Explosion

Firefighters inspect the debris, at the Paardenmarkt in Antwerp, Belgium after several buildings collapsed following an explosion, 15 January 2018. EPA

Fourteen people were taken to hospital, including one in critical condition, after an explosion severely damaged buildings in Belgium’s port city of Antwerp, said police, who ruled out terrorism as a cause.

Belgium’s French-language broadcaster RTBF reported that a gas leak was suspected as the cause of the blast at around 9:30 pm (2030 GMT) Monday, though it had yet to be confirmed.

Police said in a statement that 14 people were taken to hospitals, including one in critical condition, and five in a serious condition.

They said emergency services pulled several people from the debris of the buildings in the Paardenmarkt area of central Antwerp, a Dutch-speaking northern city, but could not rule out finding others as searches continued.

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