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World Deadly explosion in Slovakia; building at risk of collapse

16:45  06 december  2019
16:45  06 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A fire burns as a gas explosion severely damaged a 12th storey apartment building in Presov, Slovakia, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The firefighters said the explosion occurred between the ninth and 12th storey and witnesses told them several people have escaped to the roof. Authorities didn't immediately confirm any injuries or fatalities. (AP Photo/Police of Slovakia/HO) © Provided by Associated Press A fire burns as a gas explosion severely damaged a 12th storey apartment building in Presov, Slovakia, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The firefighters said the explosion occurred between the ninth and 12th storey and witnesses told them several people have escaped to the roof. Authorities didn't immediately confirm any injuries or fatalities. (AP Photo/Police of Slovakia/HO)

The explosion took place in the 12-story building in the city of Presov shortly after noon. Firefighters said the explosion was between the 9th and 12 floors, and several people fled to the roof.

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A fire burns as a gas explosion severely damaged a 12th storey apartment building in Presov, Slovakia, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The firefighters said the explosion occurred between the ninth and 12th storey and witnesses told them several people have escaped to the roof. Authorities didn't immediately confirm any injuries or fatalities. (AP Photo/Police of Slovakia/HO) © Provided by Associated Press A fire burns as a gas explosion severely damaged a 12th storey apartment building in Presov, Slovakia, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The firefighters said the explosion occurred between the ninth and 12th storey and witnesses told them several people have escaped to the roof. Authorities didn't immediately confirm any injuries or fatalities. (AP Photo/Police of Slovakia/HO)

Alena Krcova, a spokeswoman for the rescue services, said dozens of people may have been injured.

Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini is heading for the site.

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