Seven people were injured because of a gas explosion in an apartment building in the Brussels municipality of Koekelberg on Thursday afternoon.
The façade of the sixth floor was completely destroyed, but all other floors also suffered damage. The explosion was caused by a gas leak, according to the Brussels fire brigade.
While the fire brigade initially stated that five people were taken injured, a mother and her child who had fled to family in the first instance were later also taken to hospital, according to a spokesperson.
“In total, seven people were taken to hospital,” he said, adding that all of them were “slightly injured or in shock.”
The gas in the building has been shut off, and the entire building was evacuated.
Update: This article was updated to include photos and new information from the Brussels fire brigade that two extra people were taken to hospital.