9 Bodies Found in Belgian Apartment Block RubbleWorld | January 28, 2010, Thursday // 13:45| views
Firemen try to extinguish the fire caused by a gas exlosion in a building of five floors at Leopold street, Liege city center, Belgium. Photo by BGNES
Nine people died when a block of flats collapsed in the city of Liege in eastern Belgium, officials say.
Rescue work has been suspended amid fears that neighbouring buildings could also collapse. Twenty-one people were injured, three of them seriously, the BBC reported.
An explosion tore through the building at around 0200 on Wednesday, starting a fire. Then the five-storey building collapsed at around 0700.
Officials said the explosion was probably caused by a gas leak.
The blast blew out the windows of the city hall, 100m away, and spread dust throughout nearby streets.
It caused a fire that raged through the apartment block and billowed thick smoke.
Firemen evacuated the building and tried to douse the fire, but had to flee when the building fell down.
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