7 Dead, At Least 4 Hurt in Ashrafieh Fuel Oil Depot Blastإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Seven people were killed and several others wounded Monday evening in an explosion in a fuel oil depot at a gas station on the outskirts of the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Fiat Bridge, state-run National News Agency reported.
The bodies of five victims were moved to Hotel Dieu Hospital, while two other bodies were moved to Rizk Hospital, according to NNA.
The wounded were rushed to the aforementioned hospitals, which are both located in Ashrafieh.
According to information obtained by LBC television, the owner of the gas station was among those killed by the explosion.
Later Monday, NNA reported that "one of the owners" of the gas station was killed in the blast, identifying him as Joseph Abu Nasr.
NNA had earlier reported that four people were wounded, which indicates that the injured toll is likely to keep rising as reports come in from the scene of the blast.
Meanwhile, Al-Jadeed television reported that the explosion resulted from an electrical failure during a welding operation on a fuel oil tank.