Number of people injured in Romanian gas station blasts reaches 57


Chisinau, Aug 27 :  The number of people injured in the Saturday explosions at a gas station in the Romanian town of Crevedia reached 57 people, Romania’s Inspectorate General for Emergency Situations said on Sunday.

Earlier, the Romanian Health Ministry said that one person died and 46 were injured in the blasts.

“In the town of Crevedia, Dambovita District, there were several explosions at a liquefied petroleum gas filling station, injuring 58 people, one of whom died (of a heart attack, no burns),” the inspectorate said on social media.

Among the injured are 43 Interior Ministry personnel, of whom 39 are firefighters, two are police officers and two others are gendarmes, the institution added, noting that at least 54 people were hospitalized.

On Saturday, an explosion occurred at a gas station in Crevedia around 19:30 local time (16:30 GMT). Despite the efforts of firefighters, the fire spread to other gas tanks, so several more explosions followed. Rescuers evacuated more than 3,000 people from the danger zone with a radius of 700 meters (2296 feet). An anti-crisis unit has been set up, and experts from the environment ministry have been brought in to monitor air quality.