Belgium apartment building collapses after blast

19:04, Feb 08 2010
Belgium building collapse
REDUCED TO RUBBLE: Firefighters work at the site where a house collapsed in Liege.

Officials in Belgium say rescue workers have recovered nine bodies from the rubble of an apartment building that collapsed after an apparent gas explosion.

At least 21 people were injured after the collapse in the city of Liege, including two in critical condition.

A girl aged between 10 and 12 was rescued from the rubble hours after the explosion and emergency workers were searching for others who may be trapped.

Emergency services had earlier said two people were trapped under the rubble.

The explosion occurred shortly before 2am (1400 NZT), damaging a number of buildings and shattering windows in a street in the centre of the eastern Belgian city.

The front of one five-storey building collapsed into the street. Some 20 people were injured, two of them seriously, police and local officials said.

Officials said the explosion appeared to have been caused by a gas leak.

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Reuters