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Great devastation after gas explosion in house, Den Haag: fourth injured after eight hours alive from rubble removed
In a building of three floors in the Jan van der Heijdenstraat in the Laakkwartier in the Hague (in the west of the Netherlands) yesterday afternoon, a large explosion occurred. Anything after midnight is a fourth and last person alive under the rubble removed, a 28-year-old Hagenaar that during the explosion, probably due to the floor of the living room of the house fell in a kind of crawl space. The rescuers took earlier in the day three people alive from the rubble. In total there were ten wounded, so far as known, there are no deaths. The fire department has about a gas explosion, the cause of which, as yet, unknown.

The explosion took place at around 16.10 pm yesterday afternoon. The façade of a dwelling and a porch there at all. The house itself has collapsed. The surrounding houses are unstable. The wall of the adjacent house is twisted and torn. Of one of the houses next to the collapsed building, all the diamonds killed by the blast.

The havoc is enormous. Fragments of glass are tens of meters away from the collapsed building. Local residents say that the huge blow a few blocks away was heard. “Windows and doors were shaking almost out. You think immediately to an attack.” The police now has an area around the house on the Jan van der Heijdenstraat trimmed with red and white ribbons.


Employees of the team Specialist Technical Assistance (STH) immediately stood up, ready to enter the partially collapsed building to go to to look if there are still people under the rubble. This was also the help of a bloodhound invoked. Ambulances and fire trucks were en masse in the house, as well as a trauma helicopter. In total, ten people injured. It is unknown how the persons from the building and taken there. They are transferred to the ambulance.

Shortly after midnight he managed a specialized team to a fourth victim alive from the rubble. The 28-year-old Hagenaar lay some eight hours in a kind of crawl space under the house, after he probably through the floor of the living room table was. The fire brigade had contact with the man.

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