A fire started after a gas explosion at a restaurant at around 12 midday in Taichung's Feng Chia commercial district. The whole shop exploded and one woman died at the site, 15 were slightly injured and 6 were heavily injured. The Fire Department said the explosion was due to a gas leak. Shops on either side of the restaurant also caught fire.
The fire in the Xin Zhai Qiao restaurant in Xi An Street resulted from an explosion which then spread to neighbouring shops. The glass front of the shop exploded, causing injuries and shocking people eating in other restaurants across the road. Above the restaurant were small rental studio rooms, and fire personnel worked to evacuate these just after they arrived. Fifteen people were brought out safely. Four people were more severely injured with burn areas of 80 to 90 percent. After checking the rental rooms, the body of a woman was found. A passing scooter rider who had just dismounted was also injured in the explosion.
==MR. HSIEH injured passerby==
I just got off my scooter and was about to move it and the place exploded, I just ran, I smelt gas and when I ran my whole body was injured.
The explosion from the original gas leak then led to a secondary explosion when the high temperatures caused other gas bottles in the restaurant to explode.
==HSIAO HUAN-CHANG Director of Taichung Fire Department==
The gas leaked substantially and it was in an enclosed area. Then with movement of the air, it started another explosion, resulting in all of the gas bottles exploding. The risk of bottled gas is that gas is heavier than air and sinks (it doesn't disperse) and so it is more dangerous.
The Fire Department investigation revealed that the restaurant had placed three gas bottles inside. They suspect that one started leaking and exploded and this caused the others to explode. One of these was propelled right into the basement but luckily didn't explode. Of the 15 injured, three were staff, and six were students from Feng Chia University. The body recovered was that of a 19-year-old female. All restaurants in the area use bottled gas, so the fire department will step up safety checks of gas bottles and premises in the area.
TRANSLATED BY：CLARE LEAR
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黃千容 賴世杰 台中報導