PRAGUE (AP) — A powerful explosion in a three-story apartment building in the Czech Republic killed at least one resident and left five people missing on Sunday, officials said.
Lukas Humpl, a spokesman for the local rescue workers, said 11 people, including three children, were also injured and being treated at hospitals in the east of the republic. Officials originally said two people died, but regional police chief Tomas Tuhy corrected that to one later Sunday. Tuhy attributed the mistake to the chaotic situation at the scene. He said three children and two adults remain missing.
Police spokeswoman Sona Stetinska said a gas leak apparently caused the blast, which heavily damaged the building early Sunday in the town of Frenstat pod Radhostem. Fire department spokesman Vladimir Vlcek said it would take hours to search the rubble of the building.