7 dead, dozens injured after explosion causes building collapse

Clay Curtis
November 18, 2019

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Dhaka: A gas line explosion caused the collapse of a building in Bangladesh's seaport city of Chattogram on Sunday morning, leaving at least seven people dead and over 25 injured, a police official said.

The injured were taken to hospital, he said, adding that the death toll could rise as some were in critical condition.

He said local police and firefighters are still continuing rescue operations.

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The cause of explosion wasn't immediately clear, fire service official Amir Hossain said, adding an investigation was underway.

It has been reported in the news that the explosion collapsed the outer wall of the building, injuring pedestrians passing through it. The gas riser of the building was located beside the boundary wall at the bottom of the structure where the explosion occurred, police said.

Last month, a gas cylinder used to inflate balloons exploded in the capital city of Dhaka, killing seven children, according to Reuters.

Gas accidents are relatively common in Bangladesh.

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