One dead, five missing after German gas blast

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22 September 2006, LEHRBERG, GERMANY - A powerful gas explosion demolished three buildings in a southern German town on Friday, killing at least one person and leaving five trapped in the rubble.Nine persons were injured in the blast, which occured at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) in a bakery adjacent to where a gas leak was reported in a storage tank. Emergency services brought in heavy lifting equipment and sniffer dogs to search the debris at Lehrberg in Bavaria. Around 50 building were damaged in the blast, many o

22 September 2006

LEHRBERG, GERMANY - A powerful gas explosion demolished three buildings in a southern German town on Friday, killing at least one person and leaving five trapped in the rubble.

Nine persons were injured in the blast, which occured at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) in a bakery adjacent to where a gas leak was reported in a storage tank.

Emergency services brought in heavy lifting equipment and sniffer dogs to search the debris at Lehrberg in Bavaria.

Around 50 building were damaged in the blast, many of them traditional timber-framed houses.

Military personnel from the nearby US base in Katterbach also assisted in the rescue operations.

Police said the missing persons were the baker, his family, and employees at the bakery, which also had a bistro on its premises.

Police were called to the scene shortly before the blast occured after neighbours reported the smell of gas.

The explosion was felt up to 400 metres away.

DPA

Subject: German news

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