Massive explosion at a fuel depot kills many firefighters in Ukraine
Several firefighters are feared to have died in a massive explosion at a fuel depot outside the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
The country’s interior minister Arsen Avakov described the blaze as “gigantic”, adding that several fireman had been killed.
But he later announced on Twitter that those initially presumed to have died had been pulled alive from the flames.
Videos have emerged on the internet, showing the force of the blast and the rescue efforts at the site.
In one video, a fireman can be heard to say: “Everyone – leave. Whoever is still here – leave.”
Ukraine’s Emergencies Ministry has told the AFP news agency that it was aware of six people being injured.
Residents living within 1.2 miles (two kilometres) of the site have been ordered to evacuate, according to the Ukrainian government.
“The likelihood of the blasts being repeated exists,” the government said in a statement, adding that it was prepared to expand the exclusion zone to a 6.2 mile (10 kilometre) radius.
It is unclear at this stage what caused the fire. Kiev has been suffering from hot, dry weather for more than a week.
Courtesy of Sky News