18 injured, 3 critically, in restaurant explosion in Kaohsiung (update)
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Kaohsiung, A total of 18 people were injured, three critically, in what is being treated as a gas explosion at a restaurant in the Xiaogang District of the southern port city Thursday, firefighters said.
The explosion shattered windows and glass doors at the restaurant at about 7:00 p.m, injuring 18 people inside and outside the eatery. Three of the injured suffered burns on 15-30 percent of their bodies and are currently being treated in the intensive care unit of a local hospital, police and firefighters said.
They quoted witnesses as saying the explosion in the restaurant's kitchen was so powerful that many customers were thrown to the floor and even passersby outside the restaurant were injured.
"It was like the place was bombed. It's terrible," one witness was quoted as saying by the police.
Chen Lee Hsueh-chun (????), 64, who was having dinner with her son, daughter-in-law and eight-month-old grandchild at the restaurant, said she heard someone shouting there was a gas leak in the kitchen.
"I heard a voice saying no one dared go in the kitchen and then as a female staff member headed in there, boom!" Chen Lee added.
Despite hurrying out of the restaurant she and her grandchild were injured by a falling wood plate. Both were pulled to safety by her son.
At Xiaogang Hospital, Chen said she was OK after being treated but still felt anxious.
Of the 18 injured who were treated, the three who were sent to the intensive care unit were stable, 14 were discharged and one remained in hospital for observation, said Chuang Chieh-han (???), a physician at the hospital.
A total of 18 fire trucks and 24 firefighters and paramedics were rushed to the scene, putting out the fire in 25 minutes, police said, adding they were still investigating the cause of the explosion.