German village evacuated after gas explosion
BERLIN (AP) - Police are evacuating an entire village in central Germany after a fire at a gas company led to an explosion that injured 16 firefighters.
Police spokesman Markus Sicius said an explosion of two gas tanks early on Saturday in Harthausen near Ludwigshafen led to the evacuation of some 3,000 residents after the firefighters were injured.
The fire on the grounds of a gas company was first reported at 4.20am, and while firefighters were trying to douse the flames, the fire spread to two trucks with gas tanks which exploded.
Spokesman Sicius said one of the injured was in a critical, but not life-threatening, condition.