Gardai confirms death of 7 people at the Applegreen explosion.
Gardai has confirmed the death of 7 people at the Applegreen explosion in Donegal.
A spokesperson for the service said : “At this time, An Garda Síochána can confirm there has been three fatalities as a result of this serious incident.
“This continues to be an ongoing operation and An Garda Síochána are not in a position to provide further information on casualties at this time.
“An Garda Síochána continue to request that any road users intending to travel to the Creeslough area for any reason consider alternative routes as Emergency Services continue to deal with this ongoing incident.”
John O’Donnell, the Independent Councillor for Donegal is quoted to have told the BBC radio Ulster that it was a gas explosion.
The nature of the explosion left many injured as glass of windows shattered across the area.
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TD Pearse Doherty, a local Local Sinn Fein is quoted to have said: “This is something that’s your worst nightmare. This is a quiet village, a very close-knit village.
“This is the only shop in the town, it’s the petrol station, it’s the deli counter, it’s the post office, it’s where the hairdresser is, and at 3.15pm this afternoon a massive explosion – that could be heard for miles around – ripped right through this building.
“It’s very sombre here, there’s silent prayers being said.
“There are people still trapped inside the building and the emergency services are doing everything they can to remove the rubble and people are being airlifted away to hospitals in the region.
“This is a dark, dark cloud over the entire community of Creeslough as this scene unfolds before us.”