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House blast kills one, injures two

Update: October, 15/2015 - 16:24
A huge explosion destroyed three houses in the northern Nam Dinh Province at 8.30pm yesterday. — Photo vietnamplus.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — One person died and two were injured in a gas explosion that destroyed three houses in the northern Nam Dinh Province at 8.30pm yesterday.

The three houses, numbered 13, 15 and 17, located next to each other in Tran Dang Ninh Ward's Doan Tran Nghiep Street in Nam Dinh Province.

Neighbours in the area said they heard a loud bang and ran out of their homes. They saw house number 15 completely engulfed in flames and the house owner, Toan, running out with his body also covered in flames.

The Nam Dinh police, fire police and local authorities rushed to the spot immediately and took Toan to hospital, but he died from severe injuries.

Chairman of Nguyen Dang Ninh Ward's People Committee Tran Dang Thong told VnExpress that the Toan family's gas tank had been leaking. The stove caught fire when food was being cooked, leading to an explosion.

"The two injured owners of house numbers 13 and 17 were also taken to hospital. One of them suffered only minor injuries and returned home last night," Thong said.

The explosion destroyed house number 15 completely, and all assets inside were burned down. The other two neighbouring houses were badly damaged.

The Nam Dinh authorities have temporarily cut electricity supply to this area to ensure people's safety. They have also sealed off the site to investigate the cause of the incident. — VNS

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