A man suffered serious burns across his body following a suspected gas explosion at a house in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday night.
Authorities in District 7 confirmed on Thursday morning that they were investigating the cause of a gas explosion at a house in an alley on Huynh Tan Phat Street in Tan Thuan Dong Ward.
Preliminary information showed that residents in the alley heard a loud noise coming from the ground floor of the house at around 9:30 pm on Wednesday.
They rushed to check and saw 43-year-old La Ngoc Giau running out of the house and screaming for help.
Giau suffered serious burns across his body and was taken to Cho Ray Hospital in District 5 for emergency treatment.
The front door of the house was thrown out due to the force of the blast, while many items inside were damaged.
Eyewitnesses said they noticed a heavy smell of gas from the house.
Giau’s wife and two children were unharmed as they were upstairs when the incident happened.
The police unit in District 7 later arrived to investigate and collect eyewitnesses’ statements.
A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper said that the explosion stemmed from a leak in this house's gas tank.
Giau was smoking prior to the explosion, the source added.