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5 houses collapse after gas cylinder explosion in Mumbai; 11 rescued

5 houses collapse after gas cylinder explosion in Mumbai; 11 rescued

Mumbai: In a fatal accident, five houses collapsed after a gas cylinder exploded in a house in Chembur area of Mumbai on Wednesday morning.

According to the civic officials, 11 people were rescued and few of them were injured.

The explosion took place at 7.50 am at Old Barrack near the Golf Club in Chembur area. A gas cylinder exploded in a house, leading to the collapse of several four to five-two-storey structures, a civic official said.

The blast ripped through the houses situated in a narrow lane, trapping several residents under the debris. Visuals from the spot show the destroyed houses with collapsed staircases and sections of balconies hanging in the air.

The fire department reached the spot and started a rescue operation. So far, 11 people have been evacuated safely.

The officials said that four persons have been admitted to the civic-run Shatabdi Hospital in Govandi.

The fire brigade, police, civic staff, ambulance service and other agencies were mobilised and the rescue operation is still on.

The blast comes nearly two weeks after another gas cylinder blast in Mumbai's Bandra that injured eight people. Several of those injured sustained severe burns affecting 35 to 40 percent of their bodies.

With inputs from PTI

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