Explosion due to gas leak in Quito leaves a woman injured and material damage

Explosion due to gas leak in Quito leaves a woman injured and material damage
Explosion due to gas leak in Quito leaves a woman injured and material damage

At 9:35 on Thursday, May 23, 2024, a burst occurred in the S2G and Carpuela streets in the urbanization Valley Gardenin the southeast of Quito. The explosion, which occurred inside a home located on the second floor, shattered the windows of the house and threw glass into the garage of the residence, where about 20 vehicles are stored. One of the automotive suffered damage to the rear windshield.

The neighbors immediately alerted the emergency services. An ambulance from a private institution and a unit from the Fire brigade They quickly rushed to the scene to assess the situation. While firefighters analyzed the causes of the explosion, residents of the area organized to clean the glass scattered across the street and an adjacent house.

After the inspection, Fire Sergeant Esmeralda Marcarlla reported that the explosion was caused by a deflagration because they incorrectly connected the gas cylinder which was outside to the kitchen which was inside, that is, there was no connection. Which caused the gas is released for about two hours.

Without realizing the issue, the owner of the house, a 74-year-old woman, turned on the stove and the explosion occurred. The elderly woman He suffered second-degree burns on his hands.

His son was also injured, with a cut on his lower extremity. Both were transferred to Andrade Marín Hospital.

A witness, who preferred to remain anonymous, was in the car that was damaged at the time of the explosion. She reported that after the explosion she smelled gas.

Sergeant Marcarlle recommended that, if there is even the slightest smell of gas, avoid turning on any device and ventilate the place. In addition, the people who leave the gas must be informed what the connections are like in case they are the ones making the connection.

 
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