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Explosion brings down house in Salem

DEVASTATING EFFECT: The house in Salem that was damaged in an explosion on Monday.— Photo: P. Goutham

DEVASTATING EFFECT: The house in Salem that was damaged in an explosion on Monday.— Photo: P. Goutham  

Special Correspondent

SALEM: A massive explosion triggered by a leaking domestic LPG cylinder brought down a house here on Monday. Nobody was injured.

The entire rear portion of the house collapsed. The walls and the ceiling developed huge cracks. Windowpanes and doors of houses nearby were also damaged. A few houses developed cracks.

The police said some students from Kenya, doing their final year Bachelor of Pharmacy course in a private college here, had rented two independent houses at Kondappanaickenpatti. While four of them lived in one house, two others, Phoebe Akothombaja (24) and Patty Clifford (24), shared the other. The students, hailing from Nairobi, had study permits valid till June 10, 2006. Patty had recently left for Kenya.

Residents said they heard a deafening noise from Phoebe's house at 6.15 a.m. They rushed out and saw that the house had crumbled. Phoebe, who was sleeping in the front room, had a narrow escape.

City Police Commissioner Abhash Kumar, who visited the site, told The Hindu that preliminary investigation had established that gas leak from the cylinder had caused the explosion.

The police alerted the Kenyan Embassy.

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