Gas blast at Indian hotel kills at least 18
19 February 2018
A gas cylinder exploded on February 16 at a hotel in the city of Beawar, in the western state of Rajasthan, reducing the venue to ruins and sparking a huge fire. At least 18 bodies have been found in the rubble, many of whom were attending a wedding party in the hotel. A local official said five were seriously injured with severe burns, and were being treated in hospital.
The blast all but levelled the three-storey hotel. Eyewitnesses told local broadcaster NDTV the explosion occurred as a chef tried to refill a gas canister.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced compensation of 200,000 rupees (S$4,075) each for the families of the dead.
Domestic gas cylinder explosions are common in India, where safety standards are relatively poor. Reports of fatal accidents from cylinder blasts are frequent but mass casualties are unusual.