Ireland: Schoolgirls and two teenagers under 10 killed in gas station explosion

Gas station explosion

Tragedy struck when a huge explosion ripped through a busy petrol station in the village of Creeslough (Image: PA)

The death toll from a horrific explosion at a petrol station in Ireland has risen to 10.

Police said four men, three women, two teenagers and a primary school-age girl were killed in County Donegal yesterday.

It is the fourth time the death toll has been revised after searches of the rubble revealed more dead.

After announcing three deaths on Friday night, An Garda Siochana Irish Police confirmed a further six deaths on Saturday.

That number rose to nine this morning, but police warned the search was continuing before revising it to 10.

The search is now over and a further eight people remain in hospital.

An explosion at a petrol station near the village of Creeslough ripped through a garage forecourt, nearby flats and a supermarket.

It happened around 3:20 p.m. during a busy period after the end of the school day when the area, the village’s main shopping mall, was packed with people.

Investigators have yet to determine a cause but said “our information at this time indicates a tragic accident.”

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said Friday was the “darkest of days” for Donegal and Ireland.

He paid tribute to the rescue workers who fought through the night and brought in sniffer dogs to search the rubble.

The Irish first responders were joined by colleagues from across the border in Northern Ireland, who traveled to the nearby county and helped with the effort.

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Several injured and feared people trapped under rubble after the blast at a gas station

There were fears the death toll would rise if the search continued (Image: NW Newspix)

Emergency services are continuing their work at the scene of an explosion at the Applegreen petrol station in the village of Creeslough in Co Donegal that has killed at least three people. Picture date: Saturday October 8, 2022. PA Photo. Irish police confirmed the three fatalities while the search continued at the site of the blast for others missing after Friday afternoon's devastating blast. The Applegreen gas station and surrounding buildings sustained extensive damage in the incident. See PA story IRISH Donegal. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Applegreen gas station and surrounding buildings were badly damaged in the incident (Image: PA)

Emergency services are continuing their work at the scene of an explosion at Applegreen petrol station in the village of Creeslough in Co Donegal where seven people have been confirmed dead. Picture date: Saturday October 8, 2022. PA Photo. Irish police confirmed the deaths as they searched the scene of the blast for others missing after Friday afternoon's devastating blast. The Applegreen gas station and surrounding buildings sustained extensive damage in the incident. See PA story IRISH Donegal. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A building that housed a supermarket was destroyed by the force of the blast (Image: PA)

Mr Martin continued: “We would like to pay tribute to all the essential services, those who have worked all night, sometimes at risk, to save people and do whatever it takes to comfort people.

“Our ambulance services from Health, Fire, Gardai, across the North West and particularly our colleagues in Northern Ireland, Fire and Ambulance, who came to the aid of those affected willingly and very quickly.

“It will be remembered for a long time. That solidarity and sense of strong community between essential services.”

Local priest John Joe Duffy said the congregation was “deaf and devastated” yesterday before the full extent of the tragedy came to light.

He added: “We’re just heartbroken, everyone’s heartbroken, we’re at a loss for words,” he said at the scene.

“I appeal to the prayers of the people of this county and across the country to pray for us, to help us, and to give us strength to get through these difficult hours and difficult days that may lie ahead.”

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