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‘Serious injuries’ as major incident declared after explosion at service station in Ireland

Reports indicate that there were serious injuries following what is believed was a gas explosion at an Irish service station.

Just after 3pm, the explosion occurred at the Applegreen service station near Creeslough in Co Donegal.

Ambulance crews, Coast Guard helicopters and Coast Guard teams were among the first to arrive on the scene.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, (NIFRS), said that it was supporting fire crews from Donegal Fire Service in a “declared serious incident”.

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Photos revealed that there were many cars and an apartment block behind it, which had been heavily damaged.

Sky News’ John O’Donnell, Councillor, stated that he knew there had been serious injuries and that it was a very sad incident.

According to Mr O’Donnell, an air ambulance picked up “a lot of people”, and he added: “This is very difficult here in a small rural community.

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“Everybody is completely numb here, we’re all just in shock.”

Letterkenny University Hospital spokesperson said that it was dealing with “a serious incident, with multiple people injured, requiring immediate attention”.

“The hospital has been moved to Major Emergency Standby while it addresses this incident.

“We appeal to the public to not come to the Emergency Department except when it is urgent.”

Applegreen, a forecourt retailer, confirmed that there had been a “serious accident” at one of its dealer-operated stores.

Thomas Pringle, Independent TD for Donegal wrote on Twitter: “I am deeply saddened to hear the tragic news from Creeslough tonight.

“My thoughts are with the victims.

“With sincere gratitude for those who responded so quickly.”

Residents were asked to avoid the area.

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