Six teenagers were taken to the Landspítali University Hospital in Reykjavík after a gas explosion in a shed in a residential area last night. According to police, four individuals suffered severe burns; one teenager is in intensive care.
After the explosion the teenagers ran away in despair. One was found badly injured about 500 meters away from the scene of the accident, Fréttabladid reports.
“I was stepping out of the bathtub when the explosion occurred and I felt the earth move. I looked out the window and saw that everything was ablaze and heard the screams and rushed outside,” said Halla Arnar, a local resident. She assisted two girls who had suffered severe burns to their faces.
Police believe that ten to 12 other individuals were inside the shed when the explosion occurred and up to 80 search and rescue team members tried to locate these individuals last night to provide them with emergency relief.
Gas is believed to have leaked from a container inside the shed, which then came in contact with fire, and caused the explosion.