The number of dead bodies recovered at the industrial park explosion site in Western Germany has risen to five.
On Thursday, the police recovered three more bodies at the Chempark site in Leverkusen, home to chemicals companies including Bayer and Lanxess.
The deadly explosion occurred on Tuesday that resulted in the recovery of two dead bodies, injury to 31 people, and the disappearance of two people.
At the moment, the local police are conducting a deeper investigation on the explosion that led to a fire in a tank containing solvents.
Aside from determining the cause of the explosion, authorities are also investigating whether soot that rained down on the surrounding area after the blast could be toxic.
To avoid possible harm from the soot, pending the result of the laboratory result, local firefighters already warned residents to avoid getting the soot on their skin until the results are in, not eat fruit from their gardens and avoid bringing the soot into the house on their shoes.