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Blast rocks Xindian apartment
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-15 07:49 PM

At approximately 12 noon Friday, a gas explosion occurred in a third floor residential unit of a building located on Ankang Road in the Xindian District of New Taipei City which threw debris 10 meters and shook surrounding structures. Firefighters brought the resulting blaze under control at approximately 4 PM. There were 14 casualties and 1 fatality.

Firefighters rescued three seriously burned victims from the third floor epicenter of the explosion.

A 16 month old male child was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital and his two and a half year old sister and 62 year old grandmother are in serious condition. Victims were sent to Cardinal Tien Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Shuang Ho Hospital, and Wan Fang Hospital.

The fire department stated, a total of 38 fire trucks and 97 firefighters were dispatched.

According to the Central News Agency, residents complained to New Taipei Deputy Mayor Hou Yu-ih after he arrived at the scene that they reported the gas smell Thursday night and, they wanted to know how to file for compensation.

The Shin Shin Natural Gas Co. stated at the scene that the building uses natural gas and all relevant pipelines have been shut off. Shin Shin stated that the external natural gas pipeline was not compromised though the fire chief remarked the location of the leak is still under investigation. Two possible locations include either the gas company’s external gas pipeline or the gas pipe in the kitchen of the residential unit.

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