Explosion damages office, Athens store; 3 hurts


Firefighters use an aerial ladder to look for people who may have been trapped inside a damaged building after an explosion in central Athens, Greece, on January 26, 2022. (Derek Gatopoulos / AP Photo)

Athens, Greece — Early Wednesday, an explosion injured three people and severely damaged office buildings while destroying a nearby storefront in downtown Athens.

A fire department official said a 77-year-old man was hospitalized for burns. The other two were treated for smoke inhalation.

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Firefighters use an aerial ladder to look for people who may have been trapped inside a damaged building after an explosion in central Athens, Greece, on January 26, 2022. (Derek Gatopoulos / AP Photo)

The pre-dawn blast occurred 200 meters from the ancient Temple of Olympian Purezeus on the bustling Singlow Avenue.

Firefighters used an aerial ladder to look for someone who could be trapped inside a damaged building. At dawn, they forced their way into a damaged store to free some people trapped inside.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately apparent.

Associated Press

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