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    Alleged Gas Explosion in Vienna Causes Partial Collapse of Two Buildings, Injures 12 - Police

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    Several people have been injured in a major explosion in the fourth district of the Austrian capital, bordering the city centre, a fire brigade spokesman stated.

    Local police have stated that presumably a gas explosion rocked Vienna in the area of Pressgasse and Schäffergasse streets shortly after 16:30 local time. Several floors of up to two multi-storey buildings have partly collapsed.

    According to media reports, six people have been injured in the incident. Police, in turn, have reported about 2 people being seriously wounded and 10 more with minor injuries.

    There is a crater in front of the building, the fire brigade spokesman noted.

    ​The police, rescue team, and fire department have arrived at the site. 

    Following the explosion, the neighbouring houses were evacuated, according to the police. 

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