Written By: Mohammed Kalfood
Article Date: Feb 1, 2013 - 6:14:25 PM
Police and firefighters arrive at a two-story restaurant that caught fire when a gas store exploded in the busiest street of the capital Sana'a.
A two-story restaurant in the busiest street of the capital Sana’a caught fire when a gas store exploded, killing and injuring over two dozen.
Police said over 23 people were injured, some of them seriously.
“They were hospitalized to three hospitals,” police said.
None have been reported dead so far.
The restaurant, called Eiffel, was packed with customers when the explosion took place at around 9pm last Thursday.
“I first heard glass window flying in the air,” Shawqi, an eyewitness, said.
“People started coming out of the restaurant amid fire. They were running, screaming and some faces were scorched and blackened.”
The police said a gas store inside the restaurant was blamed. Jalal Abdu Qasim, an eyewitness who runs a nearby vegetable store, said the gas store first was leaking.
“Customers started to ran away before the fire ripped through the restaurant,” said Qasim.
Police cited “carelessness” as the cause of the fire.