Explosion at former air raid shelter in Hamburg injures dozens

2015-08-04 14:15
Firefighters stand outside a WWII bunker that got on fire in Hamburg amid an explosion that wounded 38 people. (Daniel Bockwoldt, AFP)

Firefighters stand outside a WWII bunker that got on fire in Hamburg amid an explosion that wounded 38 people. (Daniel Bockwoldt, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Hamburg - At least 38 people were injured on Tuesday in a fire and subsequent explosion at a former air raid shelter in the northern German city of Hamburg, the fire brigade said.

The fire broke out in a carpentry workshop inside the five-storey bunker, which is also used as a storage space for about 100 tons of essential oils.

The explosion took place as firefighters were attempting to douse the flames.

The cause of the fire and explosion in the densely populated Rothenburgsort district of Hamburg was still unclear.

Of the 38 injured, 12 were firefighters.

Nineteen people were being treated in local hospitals, while others received medical attention for smoke inhalation at the scene.

The firefighting efforts were expected to last until the afternoon.

"At the moment we aren't sending anyone else into the buildings, because the situation inside is unclear," said a spokesperson for the fire brigade. "We plan to flood the bunker with foam to douse the flames."

More than 60 people were evacuated from surrounding buildings.

Read more on:    germany

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.