A young girl has been pulled alive from under the rubble of a collapsed building in the Belgian city of Liege.
Rescuers are still searching for at least one other person. The five-storey residential block gave way at around seven o’clock in the morning local time, five hours after an explosion that authorities believe was caused by a gas leak.
One man, who was in the building at the time, said all the windows exploded, the roof fell in on top of him and he had no idea what was happening. Others said they thought it was a terrorist attack.
From under the debris caused by the initial explosion, firefighters heard the voices of two people but had to evacuate when the building came down.
The girl rescued this afternoon is aged between 10 and 12-years-old. She was in shock but unhurt.
In total, 23 people have been receiving treatment in hospital, two of whom are said to have serious injuries.
The mayor of Liege confirmed that fire crews had been called out to investigate a gas leak in the same building at the weekend.