Train derails and explodes in Bulgaria killing five

At least 20 buildings were damaged in the village of Hitrino

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A freight train derails and exploded in a village in Bulgaria, leaving at least five people dead.

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The train was carrying liquid petroleum gas when two tanks hit an electricity line and exploded after the train derailed near Hitrino's station on Saturday morning.

According to the BBC, at least 20 buildings were damaged and officials ordered an evacuation while firefighters tackled the fire.

Speaking to Reuters, Interior Ministry Chief Secretary Georgi Kostov said: "Two blasts have caused a serious fire and ruined at least 20 buildings.

"There are many people injured... many with burns."

ITV News reports that at least 25 people were injured in the incident. Three victims remain in a critical condition and this number is expected to rise, authorities said.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said: "There will be more casualties for sure."

Police are investigating the incident as around 150 firefighters battle the blaze and search for survivors.