Huge blaze in US shopping district

TOPEKA. February 20. KAZINFORM At least seven people are reported injured and three unaccounted for after a suspected gas explosion triggered a huge blaze in a shopping district in Kansas City, Missouri.

TV pictures showed flames shooting out of the Country Club Plaza retail area.

Police said a car was believed to have crashed into a gas main near a restaurant in the early evening on Tuesday.

The conditions of those injured was not yet known.

A spokeswoman for the nearby St Luke's Hospital, Kerry O'Connor, said there were "several patients" who had not yet been assessed but "they appear to be critical at this time".

Images from the scene showed firefighters and other emergency teams battling a massive blaze that appeared to have engulfed the entire block.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James tweeted that the fire was mostly under control and officials were working to prevent secondary explosions.

Published by BBC

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