4 dead, 1 injured in Central Taiwan gas explosion and fire

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/09/19
By:  Central News Agency

Four people died at the scene of a gas explosion in Taichung Saturday Sept. 19  (CNA photo)

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 rental building near the Tunghai Villa Night Market, which quickly ignited flames and engulfed four residential buildings from across the street.

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

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