At least 13 injured after strong explosion at Dedeman in Botoșani

Dedeman: An authorized company was performing work on the gas network.

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A strong explosion occurred on Friday at the Dedeman DIY store in Botoșani. The authorities have activated the Red Intervention Plan. From the first information, at least 13 people were injured, with four in serious condition, and over a hundred people, customers and employees, self-evacuated. Rescuers are looking inside the store for other possible victims.

According to the information so far, five of the injured are employees and eight are customers of the store.

The Department for Emergency Situations (DSU) states that one of the victims is in serious condition, intubated.  110 people, employees and customers, self-evacuated.

Two SMURD helicopters from Iasi and Galati were sent to Botoșani.

“Considering the number of people involved, the Red Intervention Plan was activated at the county level. In order to make the response mission more efficient, 2 fire trucks, 1 personal transport vehicle for multiple victims, 2 SMURD ambulances and 1 mobile intensive care unit were assigned to the scene,” announced the the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations.
Dedeman said later in a press release that at the time of the explosion, an authorized external company was carrying out work on the store’s gas supply system.
“Today, June 7, 2024, around 10:30 a.m., an explosion followed by a fire took place in the premises of the Dedeman Botoșani store. As a result of this unfortunate incident, there were injured people who were immediately transported to the hospital. The rest of the people present in the store at that time, customers and employees, were safely evacuated, and the quick intervention of the intervention teams allowed the fire to be extinguished in a short time. We note that at the time of the explosion, an authorized external company was carrying out work on the store’s gas supply system. The authorities are investigating the circumstances under which these works could be associated with the explosion. We also underline the fact that the Dedeman Botoșani store complies with all safety regulations, having all the necessary authorizations and approvals from the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations. The proper operation of the fire protection installations helped to limit the proportions of this incident. Our priority is to ensure that everyone affected by this incident receives the care and support they need. We are working closely with the Emergency Situations Inspectorate to investigate and establish the exact cause of the explosion and will return with official information once all investigations have been completed. We thank the response teams for their promptness and professionalism. Their quick efforts enabled the situation to be effectively managed and the affected people to be transported to hospital immediately. We are committed to supporting the recovery of victims and will make available all necessary resources for this purpose”, reads Dedeman’s statement.
Explosion caught on camera
The explosion at the Dedeman store in Botoșani was particularly strong, shows the recording from a surveillance camera located near the shopping center.

The explosion occurred at the base of the building, and the blast was so powerful that it blew away the outer panels covering the store. The images, captured by a surveillance camera, Botosaneanul local newspaper reported.

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