Seven injured in three 'explosions'

Blasts were accidental, clarify police 

Seven persons sustained burns in three ‘explosions’ within a span of 15 minutes in the capital on Friday afternoon. 

Initially, the explosions were suspected to be serial bomb blasts on the Valentine’s Day, but police denied it and claimed them to be accidental explosions. The explosions involved a LPG cylinder, a PNG pipeline and a refrigerator compressor.

According to police, calls were made to the police control room from south east Delhi’s Sunlight Colony, north west Delhi’s Rani Bagh and west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar between 1 pm and 1.15 pm.

The first explosion involved a LPG cylinder at a house in Sunlight Colony in which four members of a family – husband, wife and their two children –  sustained burns.

The fire department said, the blast took place in a small LPG cylinder due to gas leakage when lunch was being prepared for the family. The injured were identified as Vivek, 35, a vegetable vendor, his wife Manju and two children Puransukh, 3, and Mansukh, 1.

“They were immediately rushed to Safdarjung Hospital by neighbours,” said a fire officer. Vivek, Puransukh and Mansukh have been kept under observation in the ICU. Manju has been kept in the OPD ward.

Praveen, Vivek’s neighbour, said, “We heard a noise similar to an explosion. We saw a huge flame of fire and rushed inside the house and saw Vivek and his family badly injured.”

In the second incident, three men were injured after an explosion took place in a PNG pipeline around 1.11 pm at a house in Engineers Enclave in Rani Bagh. The PNG pipeline leaked into a nearby sewer and caught fire following which fire tenders were rushed to the spot and soon doused the fire.

 In another incident, compressor of a fridge burst causing a minor fire at a house in Matiala in Uttam Nagar around the same time. Nobody was injured in the incident, police said.

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