Girl, 5, named as youngest victim in fatal petrol station explosion

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    A five-year-old girl has been confirmed as the youngest victim of a horrific gas explosion in Ireland.

    Shauna Flanagan Garwe, has sadly been confirmed dead by police, along with her father 50-year-old Robert Garwe.

    The 10 people killed in an explosion at an Irish petrol station have been named by police as 48-year-old James O’Flaherty, 24-year-old Jessica Gallagher, 49-year-old Martin McGill, 39-year-old Catherine O’Donnell and her 13-year-old son James Monaghan, 59-year-old Hugh Kelly, 49-year-old Martina Martin, and 14-year-old Leona Harper.

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    Shauna and Robert had allegedly been out on the hunt for a birthdaycake for her mother when the explosion ripped through the Applegreen Service Station.

    The 'freak accident' took place in the village of Creeslough, Co Donegal, just after 3pm on Friday (October 8).

    Leona Harper, a rugby player, had been picking an ice cream out when she was caught in the blast.

    Her brother, Anthony Harper, took to Facebook last night (October 8) to pay tribute to his sister.

    He posted: "I don't no where to begin, Leona I couldnt of asked for a better little sister. You would go mad for me putting this up of you now because it's an old picture of you. Leona I love you so much and we all love you so much xx".

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    Speaking to the Irish Mail on Sunday, a family friend said: "The two girls went into the shop. The plan was that Leona would go to her pal’s house on a sleepover.

    "They went in to get an ice cream. Leona was found yesterday at the ice cream fridge in the shop and her friend was found at the door into the shop. She was blown out of the shop and onto the doorstep by the blast. Leona’s pal was found in the rubble and one of her legs is broken."

    Catherine and her son James died in the explosion, while Jessica Gallagher had been in her flat above the petrol station with her boyfriend, who, according to the MailOnline, was airlifted to a hospital in Dublin where he is being treated for severe burns.

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