Van cylinder blast kills seven, injures four

LAHORE: Seven persons were killed and four others injured when a gas cylinder exploded in a passenger van on the Manga Mandi-Multan Road near Lahore on Monday.

According to Rescue 1122 and local police sources, the van was coming to Lahore from Sahiwal with at least 11 passengers.

As it ran out of CNG near Manga Mandi, the conductor opened an additional LPG cylinder’s knob to maintain the fuel supply but a huge fire erupted, which burnt seven passengers alive including three children and two women.

Four others were also injured while the driver managed to escape.

According to local police, the bodies had been burnt beyond identification. The vehicle was impounded and the bodies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital, they added.

Police said four persons were treated at a local hospital while one seriously injured person was referred to Jinnah Hospital.