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Wood processing plant explosion injures eight in Lithuania

04 May 2021

An explosion at a wood processing facility in the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda injured eight people on May 3. A building collapsed during the incident and 28 people were evacuated from the Vakaru Medienos Grupe (VMG) facility.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The Klaipeda fire department told Lithuanian news site Delfi.en that all eight injured people had been taken to hospital. Firefighters attended the scene after report of a fire at around 12:30 local time. The Klaipeda Fire and Rescue Board said that the situation was brought under control by 15:00 local time.

A biological facility collapsed as a result of the explosion. The Vakaru Medienos Grupe (VMG) facility is one of the largest wood processing and furniture production groups in the Baltic region, according to its website.

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