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Blasted Miracle

Kathryn Quinn

A German family of six that were in this house when it suddenly exploded survived with only light injuries and did not even need to be hospitalised after the blast at Oberhausen.

The six aged between 13 and 75 were able to walk away from the debris after the mystery explosion left the semi-detached house at the city's Hirtenstrasse ruined.

The family's grandfather Jonas Thalberg, 75, was most seriously hurt after suffering slight burns to his hands when he went back to the property to try to extinguish a small blaze.

A police spokesman said: "The cause of the explosion remains a mystery – the problem is the investigators cannot go to the property to start working out what happened because there is an imminent risk that it might collapse.

"Those living there and their neighbours have been forced to move out and been put up by kindly neighbours for the time being. It is amazing that nobody was killed or more seriously hurt. "

The blast was so strong that it sent debris over a wide area smashing windows across the street and also damaging several cars.

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