7 killed in fire, explosion caused by LPG cylinder leakage in Gujarat

The incident took place on Tuesday night, but the victims died over the last couple of days during treatment

7 killed in fire, explosion caused by LPG cylinder leakage in Gujarat

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Ahmedabad, July 24

Seven people have succumbed to the burns after leakage of gas from an LPG cylinder triggered fire and explosion inside a room on the outskirts of Gujarat's Ahmedabad city, police have said.

The incident took place on Tuesday night (July 20), but the victims - labourers and their family members - died over the last couple of days during treatment, said SS Gameti, sub-inspector of Aslali police station in Ahmedabad rural on Friday.

Besides men, the deceased included children and women, he added.

"Some labourers working in a factory and their family members were sleeping in a small room when gas from their LPG cylinder started leaking on the night of July 20. When their neighbour knocked on their door to alert them, a labourer got up and switched on the light, which caused an explosion due to the concentration of gas," Gameti said.

"Ten people were sleeping there at the time and all of them received severe burns as fire engulfed the room. While three persons died during their treatment on Thursday, four others succumbed to the injuries at a hospital on Friday, he said.

Three persons are undergoing treatment, the official added. PTI

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