Propane tank explodes in Darkhan apartment, residents evacuated

Propane tank explodes in Darkhan apartment, residents evacuated

On the evening of January 21, a propane tank exploded in an apartment on the 7th floor in Darkhan city, causing three people to suffer injuries and two of them seriously injured. From the explosion, 62 windows of the apartment block and all windows of the post office located 40 meters away from the apartment were broken. Fortunately, windows on 2nd floor of the apartment were not broken. The fire-fighting department of Darkhan-Uul Aimag received the emergency call at 9:25 pm and extinguished the fire by 10 pm. In the process of extinguishing the fire, residents of the 7th floor fled their homes. Presently, Darkhan Soum administration is taking immediate measures to shelter the residents in the preschool #22 building which is located near the apartment.
Mr. Oyunsuren, Deputy Head of the Emergency Commission of Darkhan-Uul Aimag said that a parent of the family where the propane tank exploded bought 5 liters of gas from Dashvanjil Company that day. The new propane tank exploded when he was using the old one to prepare foods.
Three people of the family suffered injuries from the explosion and the host is currently under treatment at central hospital of the aimag. The hostess and another woman were urgently transferred to the Burn Hospital in Ulaanbaatar. Burns covered 48 percent of 48-year old woman’s body and she was diagnosed to have probability to have kidney failure. A 22-year old woman suffered burns to 30 percent of her body and her current health state is very bad.
After extinguishing the fire, the Emergency Commission of the aimag called an urgent meeting at which an ordinance of the aimag’s Governor was issued and a working group responsible for eliminating the disastrous condition was set up. Regarding the accident, State Emergency Commission head M.Enkhbold called a meeting and gave relevant instructions. Professional teams from the General Agency of Specialized Inspections and National Emergency Management Agency were dispatched to Darkhan-Uul Aimag. Also, relevant  organizations were instructed to eliminate the consequence of the accident and make a professional conclusion.
The apartment block has a total of 220 citizens of 72 families. Due to the explosion, ceilings and walls of two apartments fell in, 63 windows were broken, walls of 10 families were cracked, 11 doors were broken and furniture and possessions of the family that suffered the explosion were entirely burnt to ash. 
Emergency workers satisfied security of the 6-8th floors of the apartment and took measures against freezing. According to recommendations and resolutions of the working group, 113 people of 32 families were evacuated. 
The aimag’s Specialized Inspections Department, Emergency Department and Police Office are working to determine cause and losses.



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