Tianjin gas explosion in north China: 1 dead, 12 injured | World News

One person was killed and 12 injured in a gas explosion at a six-story residential building in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, state media said on Wednesday.

A man who was pulled out at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, more than 10 hours after the morning explosion, had weak vital signs and died after being taken to a hospital, according to a Tianjin Daily report posted by the Tianjin government. Social media.

The search is on for the other three who are missing, the report said. The injuries to 12 others were not life-threatening, it said.

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The blast occurred around 7:15 am in the city’s Beechen district. Photos from the scene showed the building’s roof caved in, but no apparent damage to neighboring units.

Tianjin, a major port and manufacturing center, is less than an hour by high-speed train from Beijing and is one of China’s most developed and international cities.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but it points to deteriorating infrastructure after more than three decades of economic growth. Tianjin Daily reported that the building was built in the 1980s.

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China’s Ministry of Emergency Management has called for a comprehensive inspection to determine the cause as soon as possible and identify gas leak hazards and prevent such accidents in the future, the official Xinhua news agency said.

China is replacing decades-old infrastructure, natural gas lines used for cooking, heat and power generation.

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