Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwan

Fri 01 Aug 2014 at 09:31

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NNA – A series of powerful gas blasts killed at least 24 people and injured up to 271 in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, overturning cars and ripping up roads, officials said Friday.

The explosions sparked a massive inferno that tore through the city’s Cianjhen district, sending terrified residents fleeing a huge ball of flames.

“The blasts late Thursday killed at least 24 people and left 271 others injured,” the National Fire Agency said, adding that the wounded were being rushed to hospitals across the port city mostly with burn injuries.

Witnesses reported seeing dead bodies littered on the streets, with the fire raging through the night.–AFP

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