Firefighters work at the scene of an explosion from a vehicle crash in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Wednesday. AFP
At least six people were killed including three firefighters after a truck carrying 60 tons of liquefied natural gas exploded in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar on Tuesday, according to Mongolia's emergency officials.
At least 11 people were injured in the fire near the Dunjingarav market, Mongolia's Emergency Management Office said in a post on Facebook.
More than 600 firefighters and 100 vehicles were involved in putting the fire out, which was eventually extinguished.
"Unfortunately, as a result of the accident, three officers of the 63rd Fire Fighting and Rescue Unit of the National Fire Service were killed while performing their duty," the Emergency Management said in the post on Facebook.
Police officers inspect damage at the scene of an explosion from a vehicle crash in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. AFP
According to local online news outlets, the fire quickly engulfed several nearby buildings, including a residential building. Scores of cars were burnt.
"On behalf of the British embassy I extend my condolences to the ... officers who lost their lives during the tragic accident at Dunjingarav," Fiona Blyth, Britain's ambassador to Mongolia said on X.
"Our thoughts are with the families of all those affected and we wish a fast recovery to those injured in this tragic event."
The tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas exploded at a highway exit in Taizhou in Zhejiang province on Saturday afternoon, an earlier report said. The blast sent flames and a cloud of smoke high into the sky, state-media pictures showed.
Those involved were Arab and Asian pilgrims, according to local media, who carried pictures of the bus engulfed in flames and with its windows blown out.
The bus, which was driving north, broke through a barrier dividing two lanes on a motorway and crashed into a truck carrying 3 people moving in the opposite direction, said police from the city of Yixing in Jiangsu province.
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