Rescue operations are ongoing in the Wilrijk district of Antwerp on the evening (local time) of Tuesday, September 3, after a gas explosion destroyed three homes and injured several people. The cause of the blast, which occurred at approximately 12:30 (local time), remains unclear. Police have cordoned off the area as emergency personnel seek to free victims from beneath the rubble.
A heightened security presence, commercial disruptions, and associated transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the explosion until the scene has been cleared.
Individuals in Antwerp are advised to avoid the area of the incident, keep abreast of the situation, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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