Tragic gas blast kills eight in south Poland

Inaugurating the first sitting of the newly established Family Council, PM Mateusz Morawiecki asked the gathering to hold a minute of silence to honour the victims of the tragic explosion in Szczyrk. Mateusz Marek/PAP

Following a tragic gas explosion in Szczyrk, southern Poland, in which eight people were killed, expressions of sympathy were extended to families of the victims by top Polish politicians.

The bodies of four adults and four children were found by rescuers in the debris of a house destroyed by a gas blast in the mountain resort of Szczyrk, southern Poland, on Thursday.

President Andrzej Duda wrote on Twitter that it was an unimaginable family tragedy and added his thoughts and prayers were with relatives of the victims.

Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elżbieta Witek, on Twitter, extended expressions of sympathy and support to the families and friends of the victims of the tragedy in Szczyrk and said that "no thoughts, words and gestures could reflect the despair felt by all of us."

Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki wrote his thoughts were with the families of the victims and expressed his gratitude to all people participating in the rescue operation.

PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook that he shared the grief of the families of the victims and offered them assistance. He added he expected rescue services to present a full report regarding the causes of the tragedy.

Inaugurating the first sitting of the newly established Family Council, PM Mateusz Morawiecki asked the gathering to hold a minute of silence to honour the victims of the tragic explosion in Szczyrk.

Words of sympathy were also voiced by Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, who offered condolences on behalf of the government.

In all, nine people lived in the house. One person was not at home at the time of the explosion on Wednesday evening. Around 100 firefighters and 50 policemen took part in the rescue operation.

The Polish Gas Company (PSG) informed PAP on Wednesday night that "the most probable cause of the gas explosion in Szczyrk was damage to a gas pipeline done during work conducted by AQUA System."

PGS reported that a special commission "has been set up to examine the cause of the explosion. The results of its investigation should be known in 24 hours."