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At least three people dead after Irish petrol station explosion

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A major search operation continued through the night at the site of an explosion at an Irish petrol station amid fears the death toll could rise above the three fatalities already confirmed.Friday afternoon’s devastating blast in the village of Creeslough, Co Donegal ripped through the Applegreen service station and convenience store and adjacent buildings.

Irish police confirmed the three fatalities late on Friday night as search efforts continued for others feared missing.The major emergency response operation involving first responders from both sides of the Irish border was expected to continue through the night.

Among those gathered at the scene cordon on Friday night were relatives of people believed to have been in the buildings at the time. READ NEXT: Sneaky thief caught on camera targeting plush cars with 'smart key' at Scots hotel Sniffer dogs were being used amid the rubble.

Irish premier Micheal Martin said it was the “darkest of days” for Donegal and Ireland.“My thoughts and prayers are today with those who have lost their lives, and those injured in the devastating explosion in Creeslough,” said the Taoiseach.“I wish to express my deepest sympathies to their family, and friends, and to the entire community of Creeslough, on this darkest of days for Donegal and the entire country.“People across this island will be numbed by the same sense of shock and utter devastation as the people of Creeslough at this tragic loss of life.“I would like to thank all the members of the emergency services, from across the North-West and Northern Ireland, who responded so quickly to the scene, and who are working throughout the night in extremely traumatic circumstances.”In a statement, Ireland’s police force, An Garda

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