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Death toll from petrol station blast rises to seven as search continues

The explosion happened at a service station and convenience store in Creeslough, Co Donegal, on Friday afternoon.

08 October 2022

The death toll from an explosion at an Irish petrol station has risen to seven as search efforts continue for further victims.

Friday afternoon’s blast in the village of Creeslough, Co Donegal, ripped through the Applegreen service station and convenience store and adjacent buildings.

Having announced three fatalities on Friday night, the Irish police force, An Garda Siochana, confirmed a further four deaths in a statement on Saturday morning.

Explosion at Donegal service station
Emergency services at the scene (Brian Lawless/PA)

The Garda said a search and recovery operation for “further fatalities” was continuing.

“An Garda Siochana can now confirm seven fatalities as a result of this incident – three fatalities were confirmed yesterday; four fatalities are now confirmed overnight,” it said.

“The search and recovery for further fatalities continues.

“Eight persons were transferred to hospital for medical attention yesterday.”

A major emergency response operation involving first responders from both sides of the Irish border extended through the night and was continuing on Saturday morning.

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