16 February 2011 /TODAY’S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
A fire engine, a bus and nine cars were incinerated while 19 people, including members of the fire brigade and bystanders, were injured in Kütahya on Tuesday after a truck transporting LPG exploded.
Officials have since revealed details of the blast, which was caused by a leak in a truck carrying LPG from Kocaeli to Antalya. The extent of the explosion emerged with investigations were conducted Tuesday morning. Provincial Police Chief Sezai Kalyoncu inspected the onsite investigation conducted by the Kütahya Police Department’s crime scene investigation teams. Flames shooting from the truck reportedly reached the roof of a seven-storey building and vehicles parked in its parking lot. Shattered concrete and damage to parked vehicles reflected the dimensions of the explosion.
Kütahya Municipal Fire Chief Bayram Özbay was among those suffering burns and smoke inhalation. All 19 injured, nine of whom are firefighters, are reported to be in stable condition but remain under observation in a private hospital. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening. Removal of damaged vehicles is expected to commence tomorrow morning.