19 dead after gas explosion at Iranian medical clinic – National


An explosion from a fuel leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran killed 19 individuals, Iranian state TV reported Tuesday.

Authorities initially mentioned 13 individuals had been lifeless, however Jalal Maleki, spokesman for the Tehran Hearth Division, later informed state TV that the toll had risen to 19.

State-run IRNA information company additionally quoted Maleki as saying the lifeless included 15 girls and 4 males. Maleki added that firefighters had rescued 20 individuals.

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Video posted on-line appeared to point out a couple of explosion and thick black smoke rising from the flames.

Hamidreza Goudarzi, deputy Tehran governor, informed state TV {that a} leak from medical fuel tanks within the constructing was the reason for the explosion and fireplace.

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Folks in close by Tajrish Bazaar rushed to the scene, impeding a rescue operation, authorities mentioned. Movies on social media confirmed individuals gathered outdoors of the constructing.

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State TV mentioned there could possibly be extra explosions as a result of there have been a variety of oxygen tanks remaining within the medical centre.

Witness Marjan Haghighi informed The Related Press that police blocked roads to the neighbourhood.


Related Press author Nasser Karimi contributed to this report.

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