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27 injured after blast in German WWII bunker

27 injured after blast in German WWII bunker

BERLIN: A fire and an explosion in a World War II-era bunker injured at least 27 people early on Tuesday in the northern German port city of Hamburg.

Firefighters said they would try to douse the blaze with foam to prevent the ignition of about 100 tons of essential oils stored in a carpentry workshop inside the bunker.

Several firefighters who rushed to the pre-dawn blaze were injured by the force of a blast strong enough to hurl debris and bicycles through the air.

“For now we won’t send anyone else into the building because the situation is unclear,” a fire brigade spokesman told national news agency DPA.

“We plan to flood the bunker with foam to extinguish the fire”. Nine firefighters were among 11 people who suffered injuries, another firefighter collapsed, while 15 people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Published in Dawn, August 5th, 2015

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