Authorities concerned about man following Killarney blast

Gardaí are continuing their search for a man in his 50s following a gas explosion in Killarney earlier.

Authorities concerned about man following Killarney blast

Gardaí are continuing their search for a man in his 50s following a gas explosion in Killarney earlier.

Several people suffered minor injuries during the incident in a local laundry on Brewery Lane in the centre of the town.

The blast happened at around 6.20 this morning causing much of the building to collapse and shattering windows in neighbouring properties.

The blast site is siutated beside two busy hotels, the International and the Ross.

Both hotels were among the homes and businesses evacuated after the explosion shook the town centre.

Several streets were closed for a time and motorists were advised to avoid the area.

Manager of the International, Terence Mulcahy, said despite the blast it was "great to see Killarney people coming together to support each other" in the aftermath.

"People and businesses here always look after each other and pull together," he said.

"It’s one of the great things about Killarney and has really helped us this morning handle everything so smoothly."

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