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Dozens hurt in Prague building blast

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(CNN) -- An explosion ripped through a building in central Prague on Monday morning, injuring dozens of people and prompting evacuations of nearby buildings in the Czech capital, city fire officials said.

Czech news media gave conflicting reports of the building's location. State-run Czech Television reported that the blast happened at a building of a film school while classes were under way. Other reports said it was in a structure between two school buildings.

At least two people were unaccounted for, and authorities were working on stabilizing the building so rescuers could search for them in the rubble, fire department spokeswoman Pavlina Adamcova said.

The blast, on Divadelni Street across the street from the National Theatre, was "most likely a gas explosion," Prague police spokesman Tomas Hulan said on Czech Television.

Up to 55 people were injured, Adamcova said. Thirty-five were taken to various hospitals, and others with less serious injuries were treated at the site, Prague emergency services representative Jirina Ernestova said.

Much of the building's first floor collapsed, and windows of neighboring buildings were damaged. Nearby buildings were evacuated.

A few hundred people -- including students and faculty members -- evacuated the area after the explosion, a faculty member of Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts, Jakub Koncellik, told Czech Television.

Marianna Zapotilova was in an office in a nearby building when the blast happened. The office's window was open, and the force of the blast "pushed me away from my computer," she said.

"There was a lot of dust" immediately after the explosion, Zapotilova said. "People in the area were injured, mainly by broken glass from the windows, they had their heads bandaged."

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