Schoolchildren were evacuated from the area of a major explosion in Antwerp as emergency services pulled a second victim from the rubble and rushed to rescue those who remain trapped underneath.
Students from Johannesschool were transferred off-site by emergency services shortly after the explosion in the Antwerp district of Wilrijk led to the collapse of three buildings around noon on Friday.
Rond 12.20 uur was er een ontploffing in de Palmanshoevestr in Wilrijk (hoek Riddervel-Egied Segerslaan). 3 panden zijn getroffen. De hulpdiensten zijn massaal ter plaatse. Er zijn meerdere gewonden & er bevinden zich nog mensen onder het puin. 1 slachtoffer werd reeds bevrijd. pic.twitter.com/CwsOIXS1u1
Emergency response teams rushed to the site of the incident en masse, and said that other people were probably trapped beneath the collapsed buildings as they announced they had rescued a first victim at 1:13 PM.
A second victim was pulled from the rubble at around 2:00 PM, according to live reports by VRT.
Both persons rescued were severely injured in the blast, which took place on the corner of Ridderveld with Palmanshoevestraat and Egied Segerslaan, the outlet reports.