4 dead, 1 injured in Taichung gas explosion and fire

09/19/2020 11:29 AM
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Update: Gas explosion likely cause of fatal Taichung blaze: fire bureau

Taichung, Sept. 19 (CNA) Four people were killed and one injured in a gas explosion and ensuing fire in Taichung City's Longjing District early Saturday, the city's fire bureau said.

Firefighters found four charred bodies, including that of an 8-year-old boy, in two of the four residential buildings that burst into flames following the explosion, according to the bureau.

The bureau said it received a call at 4:17 a.m. about an explosion that occurred at a residential building near the Tunghai Villa Night Market, which quickly ignited flames and engulfed others buildings from across the street.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire at 5:08 a.m., the bureau said.

After searching the scene, they found the charred bodies of a 42-year-old man, his 37-year-old wife and their 8-year-old son in one of the buildings, as well as the burnt body of a 73-year-old man who lived in another building.

A 38-year-old man, living in a third building, was able to escape the fire and was hospitalized with a knee injury, the bureau said.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the explosion.

(By Hao Hsueh-chin and Christie Chen)

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