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Ireland Two pensioners injured in gas explosion in Cork

17:21  02 december  2017
17:21  02 december  2017 Source:   independent.ie

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TWO pensioners were injured in a suspected gas explosion in Cork .

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TWO pensioners were injured in a suspected gas explosion in Cork.

The accident occurred shortly after 9am on Saturday in a property on the Lower Glanmire Road, less than 1km from the city centre.

Neighbours raised the alarm after hearing a loud blast from a property located close to Water Street.

Gardaí, Cork Fire Brigade units and several ambulances attended the scene. Two people in their 80s - both believed to be the only occupants of the property - were injured and were taken by ambulance to hospital.

However, the injuries sustained by the husband and wife are not life-threatening.

Both were treated for shock as well as minor cuts and abrasions.

However, as a precautionary measure they are expected to be kept in hospital overnight for observation.

A full safety inspection is now underway to determine the precise cause of the incident.

Traffic was diverted for a time from the busy approach road to Cork city centre while emergency services dealt with the incident.

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