Twelve killed and dozens injured in fire in Balochistan, Pakistan

KARACHI: At least 12 people were killed and dozens injured in a massive fire that broke out when a gas cylinder exploded in the unrest of Pakistan. Balochistan province, media reported Tuesday.
The cylinder exploded Monday while being refilled at a gas station in the Lasbela district of the southwestern province, according to the Dawn newspaper.
The flames engulfed other gas cylinders in the store and spread to other stores, destroying at least four of them and about two dozen motorcycles parked nearby, the paper added.
Two people were killed on the spot while 10 others succumbed to injuries sustained during treatment at a hospital, Geo News reported, citing police.
At least 25 people were seriously burned in the blaze. They were transferred to Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital in Karachi.
According to a doctor who attended them, the condition of some of the injured was critical with 70 to 90 percent burns.
The death toll is expected to rise, police said.
Lasbela Deputy Commissioner Murad Kasi said that with the efforts of firefighters, the entire bazaar has been saved from the blaze and an investigation has been launched to determine responsibility for the incident.

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