Austria gas plant burns after deadly explosion

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Austria gas plant burns after deadly explosion

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A huge fire ensued – it is not clear what caused the blast

A big explosion has rocked a key natural gas facility in eastern Austria, killing one person and injuring at least 18, police say.

A fire followed the blast at the Baumgarten site, which happened around 08:45 (07:45 GMT). The plant lies just east of Vienna, near the Slovak border.

There are unconfirmed reports of as many as 60 injured. Firefighters and medics have rushed to the scene.

It is a hub for imported Russian gas, which is sent on to Germany and Italy.

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The blaze could be seen from a distance

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